A paracentesis is a procedure in which a hollow needle or tube is inserted through the skin and into the abdominal cavity or peritoneum. The peritoneum is the membrane that lines the walls of the abdomen and pelvis (parietal peritoneum), and covers most of the abdominal organs (visceral peritoneum). A paracentesis may also be called an abdominal tap.
A paracentesis is done to:
A paracentesis can often be done in a hospital or outpatient clinic.
The risks from a paracentesis are:
Excess fluid in the abdomen can be caused by:
The doctor will decide whether further tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment is needed.