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Universitas Medica

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MOSQUERA-KLINGER, Gabriel; MAYO-PATINO, Melissa  e  SUAREZ, Yanett. Paracentesis, Appropriate Technique and Clinical Application. Univ. Med. [online]. 2018, vol.59, n.1, pp.53-60. ISSN 0041-9095.

Paracentesis is a diagnostic procedure used in patients with new-onset ascites. It can detect the presence of infection in patients with longstanding ascites. In cases of tense ascites, refractory ascites or restriction dyspnea it is widely used for therapeutical purposes. General knowledge of this procedure is of great importance as well as a detailed understanding of the technique, because its use is increasing in the emergency department, general hospitalization, and even in the intensive care unit. Taking all this into consideration we aim to emphasize on the proper use of this technique by the medical staff.

Palavras-chave : paracentesis; ascites; liver cirrosis; malignancies.

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