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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Paracentesis decreases respiratory and abdominal distress but since the fluid tends to return, some patients need frequent paracenteses and drainage of effusions.
Prior to TIPS, the patient underwent 50 thoracenteses and 20 paracenteses over that past year and after TIPS he had 1 thoracentesis/paracentesis 10 days after and none over the past 18 months.
Two paracenteses and imaging studies failed to reveal a cause for her ascites.