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Paracentesis is a procedure in which a needle is inserted through the abdominal wall to remove fluid that has built up in the abdominal cavity (ascites). It may be used as a test (diagnostic paracentesis) or as a treatment (therapeutic paracentesis).
Paracentesis may be done to:
Last Revised: January 17, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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