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    BobbiW asked a questionBile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer

    Paracentesis/Paracenthesis (sp?) procedure

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      BobbiW, I am an oncology nurse and you know paracentesis procedures are painful, if not on the day you get them then the few days afterward. This is what I hear with all my patients. You do have another option and that is to have a pleurex catheter placed. This is a temporary drainage system where a small tube is placed in the abdomen, usually on the side and is covered with a gauze 4x4 and tegaderm. When you need to be drained, you pull off the dressing and connect that tube to a tube that is connected to a plastic bottle. When you press down on the top of the bottle it creates a suction and drains out that fluid. It is very easy to do at home, not a sterile technique and once the fluid subsides, your doc can remove the tube in the office. It is not visible so no one knows you have it and you can shower with it, it is a great appliance for this situation. Im sure you can find information on line. The tube is placed by an interventional radiologist and it is a same day surgery procedure so there is no reason to spend the night. If you find these procedures painful, you might want to ask your oncologist about getting one placed. Normally chemo will dry up that fluid after awhile. Good luck, Carm.

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      Thanks so much Carm for the info!

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