Paracentesis is a procedure to take out fluid that has collected in the belly (Reference peritoneal fluid Opens New Window). This fluid buildup is called Reference ascites Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window. The fluid taken from your belly will be sent to a lab to be studied and looked at under a microscope. Results will be ready in a few hours.
No infection, cancer, or abnormal values are found.
Several tests may be done on the fluid.
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|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology