02
Sep
10

Paracentesis

With the liver not working as well as it should, fluid collects in the abdominal region.   On 8/8 they used a procedure called paracentesis to remove it (the fluid, not the liver), and drew off 2.1 liters.  Imagine hiding a 2 liter bottle in your belly.  On 8/19 she needed again, and they drew off 3.5 liters.  She was starting to need it again, so today we were off to the hospital for another go-round.  It’s a relatively quick procedure, and I can stay in the room with her while they do it.  I won’t say it’s painless, but it’s mostly painless and just requires a local anesthetic.  The result?  Just two weeks to the day after the last procedure, they drew off 4.5 liters (two bottles!).  It’s a wonder she’s getting any liquids at all for the rest of her body.  In any case, she’s much more comfortable now, and her appetite has picked up some too.  -B.

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1 Response to “Paracentesis”


  1. 1 Uncle Dick
    September 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Julie, Hang in there kid.

    Luv yuh,

    Uncle Dick


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