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  • n. A medical procedure involving needle drainage of fluid from a body cavity, most commonly the abdomen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The 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.

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  • n. centesis of the belly to remove fluid for diagnosis


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  • What risks are associated with paracentesis or thoracentesis?

    Fluid Aspiration and Drainage (Parcentesis/Thoracentesis)

  • Fluid drainage (paracentesis/thoracentesis) with or without catheter placement

    Interventional Radiology

  • 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.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • 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.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • 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.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • Pertaining to, or located in the palm of the hand. paracentesis

    Surgical Anatomy

  • 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.

    Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine

  • 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.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre


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  • "Extreme earaches were common. One physician observed that otitis media—inflammation of the middle ear marked by pain, fever, and dizziness—'developed with surprising rapidity, and rupture of the drum membrane was observed at times in a few hours after the onset of pain.' Another wrote, 'Otitis media reported in 41 cases. Otologists on duty day and night and did immediate paracentesis insertion of a needle to remove fluid on all bulging eardrums....'"

    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 235

    February 16, 2009