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Pediatric Paracentesis

A paracentesis is a procedure in which fluid is drained from the abdominal cavity, which is the space that lies between the abdominal organs, like the liver, and the abdominal wall. A variety of conditions including inflammation and infection can cause fluid to build up in this space.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is paracentesis performed in children?

Will my child be awake during the paracentesis procedure?

Will my child have pain after the paracentesis procedure?

How long does a paracentesis procedure in children take?

What are the risks of chest drainage related to a paracentesis procedure in children?

How do my child and I prepare for the paracentesis procedure?

When can my child bathe after the paracentesis procedure?

Are there any activity restrictions after a paracentesis procedure in children?

Contact Children's National Hospital immediately if your child experiences any of the following:

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    Departments that Offer Paracentesis

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    Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

    Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.