How It Feels continued...
feel dizzy or lightheaded if a large amount of fluid is taken out. Tell your
doctor if you do not feel well during the test.
procedure, you may have some clear fluid draining from the site, especially if
a large amount of fluid was taken out. The drainage will get less in 1 to 2
days. A small gauze pad and bandage may be needed. Ask your doctor how much
drainage to expect.
There is a very small chance that the
paracentesis needle may poke the bladder, bowel, or a blood vessel in the
If cancer cells are present in the peritoneal fluid, there
is a small chance that the cancer cells may be spread in the belly.
If a large amount of fluid is removed, there is a small chance that your
blood pressure could drop to a low level. This could lead to shock. If you go
into shock, IV fluids or medicines, or both, may be given to help return your
blood pressure to normal. There is also a small chance that removing the
peritoneal fluid may affect how your kidneys work. If this is a concern, IV
fluids may be given during the paracentesis.
After the test
Call your doctor immediately if you
- A fever higher than
- Severe belly pain.
- More redness or
tenderness in your belly.
- Blood in your urine.
or a lot of drainage from the site.