Paracentesis with Peritoneal or Ascitic Fluid Analysis
(Abdominal Fluid Analysis)

Paracentesis is performed by placing a catheter or needle through the abdominal wall and removal of fluid from the space around the intestines and internal organs. Excess fluid within this space can be due to congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney disease, or high blood protein levels, trauma, peritoneal bleeding, infection, diseases of the stomach or intestines, tuberculosis, pancreatitis, peritonitis, or cancer. The fluid is then analyzed, and the results are used by your doctor to diagnose the cause of the increased amount of fluid. Excessive fluid is also removed from the abdomen to decrease abdominal distention, which will result in easier breathing and the ability to eat.

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