Paracentesis

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Paracentesis Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    paracentesis n : centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis [syn: abdominocentesis]
Paracentesis Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Paracentesis \Par`a*cen*te"sis\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to pierce at the side, to tap.] (Med.) The perforation of a cavity of the body with a trocar, aspirator, or other suitable instrument, for the evacuation of effused fluid, pus, or gas; tapping.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Paracentesis'


Paracentesis is a medical procedure involving needle drainage of fluid from a body cavity, most commonly the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen.

A related procedure is thoracocentesis, which is needle drainage of the chest cavity. Pericardiocentesis involves taking fluid in the area of the pericardium.

It is used for a number of reasons:

The procedure is often done in a doctor's office or an outpatient clinic. In an expert's hands, it is very safe, although there is a very small risk of introducing an infection, causing excessive bleeding or perforating a loop of bowel. Some of these risks can be minimized greatly with the use of ultrasound guidance.

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  • The RenovaRP Paracentesis Pump Will Change the Way You Approach Ascites
    GI Supply, the maker of Spot Endoscopic Tattoo, developed an innovative medical device that dramatically streamlines paracentesis, benefiting both clinicians and patients suffering from ascites. The RenovaRP Paracentesis Pump removes ascitic fluid simply, safely, and quickly with an automatic, more cost-efficient system. (PRWeb July 08, 2014) Read the full story a Read more on this news related to 'Paracentesis'

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