Treatment for malignant ascites

Patients with ascites often experience abdominal pressure, discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and an increase in abdominal girth.  One way to manage this fluid is with frequent paracenteses. 

An Interventional Radiologist can use ultrasound guidance to place a small drainage tube called a catheter into the abdominal cavity, allowing removal of the fluid.  The catheter is then removed, and a bandaid placed over the small nick in the skin. 

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