How is a therapeutic paracentesis tap performed?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, MBBS, MS, PhD, FRCS, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS  more...
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After proper antiseptic preparation and local anesthesia, a therapeutic tap can be performed with an intravenous (IV) catheter over the needle connected to drainage tubing.


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