• Abdominal fluid, needle-draining

    Asked by fastdog on Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Abdominal fluid, needle-draining

    I'm waiting for the results of a CT scan. I hope it's good news, but the oncologist said it's pretty likely the abdominal fluid will come back at some point, and he would drain it with a needle. Does anyone have experience with this? It sounds pretty nasty and painful.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Really neither nasty or painful. They are called seromas, which are pockets of serous fluids that tend to develop after surgery. A needle aspiration is simply inserting a long thin needle into the seroma and withdrawing the collected fluid. Doesn't hurt any more or take any longer than having your blood drawn for testing. They do sometimes refills, so it is possible that you will need to have it drained more than once.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      More than likely what you are referring to is a paracentesis and it is done in Interventional Radiology. It is a build-up of ascites and the right chemotherapy can dissipate it. However, there are times when it will need to be drained more than once. If it continues you might want to dicuss placement of a temporary drain called a pleurex catheter drainage system with your oncologist. It is so easy and convenient and there won't be a need for any needle draining. Once the fluid has gone, the drain system can be removed with ease during an office visit. It is very discrete and no one will know it is there. That drainage tube attaches to a collection bottle when you need to be drained in the privacy of your own home at your leisure. I am attaching a link for that pleurex catheter so that you can see its ease of use. Best of luck, Carm.


      almost 4 years ago

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