How is a persistent leak following paracentesis treated?

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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In cases with a persistent leak, a single skin suture might solve the problem. The application of an ostomy bag around the puncture site keeps the leak contained until it is eventually sealed off.


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