Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, the perforation of a cavity of the body with a trocar or other suitable instrument, for the evacuation of any effused fluid; the operation of tapping, as for hydrothorax or ascites. Different forms of the operation are specified by name, as cardiocentesis,paracentesis thoracis,paracentesis abdominis, etc.
- n. surgery A medical procedure involving needle drainage of fluid from a body cavity, most commonly the abdomen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis
“What risks are associated with paracentesis or thoracentesis?”
“Fluid drainage (paracentesis/thoracentesis) with or without catheter placement”
“Removal of fluid from the abdomen is called paracentesis.”
“For pleural fluid this is done by a pleural tap or chest drain, in ascites with an paracentesis or ascitic drain and in a pericardial effusion with pericardiocentesis.”
“The anatomist chooses this median line as the safest place in which to perform paracentesis abdominis, well knowing the situation of 2, 3, the epigastric vessels, and of Y, the urinary bladder.”
“When it is required to perform the operation of paracentesis thoracis, this distribution of the vessel should be borne in mind; and also, that the farther from the spine this operation is performed, the less in size will the vessels be found.”
“K K*, and the compressed lung, the operation of paracentesis thoracis should be performed at the point K, or between K and the latissimus dorsi muscle, so as to avoid any possibility of wounding the heart.”
“Pertaining to, or located in the palm of the hand. paracentesis”
“He was able to diagnose fluid in the chest or abdomen by means of percussion and auscultation, and to withdraw the fluid by the operation of paracentesis, and he recognized also that the fluid should be allowed to flow away slowly so as to minimize the risk of syncope.”
“Again, the temperature often fell to normal after paracentesis and removal of the blood, to rise again with a fresh accumulation, which was not uncommon.”
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