Abdominal tapping, also known as paracentesis, is a medical procedure used to remove peritoneal fluid from the abdomen. This fluid buildup, known as ascites, may result from infection, inflammation, injury, or other health conditions such as cancer and cirrhosis. During the procedure, a long, thin needle is inserted through the skin and into the abdominal cavity to remove the fluid, which is then sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Why Is Abdominal Tapping Necessary?

Paracentesis can be performed for various reasons, including finding the cause of ascites, diagnosing an infection in the peritoneal fluid, checking for certain types of cancer, relieving abdominal swelling caused by excessive peritoneal fluid, or alleviating pain or breathing issues caused by fluid buildup.

Risks and Complications of Abdominal Tapping

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Bruising or bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Injury to the bladder, bowel, or blood vessels.

Travel Recommendations

Your doctor will provide recommendations as appropriate for your treatment.

Alternatives for Abdominal Tapping

If your doctor recommends that you undergo paracentesis, there is typically no alternative procedure available for your condition.