paracentesis

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paracentesis

[‚par·ə·sen′tē·səs]
(medicine)
Puncture of the wall of a fluid-filled cavity by means of a hollow needle to draw off the contents.
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If this study is able to determine that asymptomatic spontaneous bacterial peritonitis is common in cirrhotic patients with ascites then it can be logically concluded that every cirrhotic patient of ascites should undergo abdominal paracentesis to rule out spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.
Diagnosis was made on the basis of abdominal paracentesis ultrasonography and/or abdominal computed tomography (CT).
Abdominal paracentesis with careful analysis of ascitic fluid should be a very early step in evaluating patients with ascites.
Risk of complications after abdominal paracentesis in cirrhotic patients: A prospective study.
Because PC-associated ascites develops due to hydrostatic pressure factors rather than osmotic factors, the current management of the condition includes abdominal paracentesis, diuretics administration, and salt restriction.
Haemoglobin and haematocrit values decrease, and abdominal paracentesis may reveal free blood.
She had been admitted 1 month previously, at which time an abdominal paracentesis revealed lymphocytic predominance, no acid-fast bacilli, and negative cultures.

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