Question about Ascites

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    Hi there,
    I think the procedure you are referring to is an abdominal paracentecis. This is often done as an ‘in/out’ situation, but can be done in a more perminant situation bu using a soft tube rather than a long trocar needle that is connected to a drainage bag.
    They usually clamp the tube so that the fluid balance in the body can be controlled to avoid putting the person into shock.

    If your Mum is having such large quantities drained then she could well be a candidate for the perminant tube.
    Good luck to both of you.


    my dad has developed ascites and has now been drained twice – first time 4.5litres – then last week (2 weeks after the first drain) 8L. this seems like an awful lot to take out – but it does make him more comfortable for a few days


    My mom is having the same difficulties.

    She was being drained twice a week. Her oncologist just added an infusion of albumin (I believe) with her paracentesis and this has dropped her needing to be drained to once a week instead of twice, which is more tolerable to her.

    I don’t know if they have talked about a drain yet, but I have read about that.


    I just spoke with my dad. He said they would insert a tube and the fluid can be drained into a bag whenever it is needed.


    I’m not sure exactly. I have to talk to my dad about what exactly my mom’s doctor said. I was under the impression that it would be a procedure that can be carried out at home, with a nurse visiting her to empty the bag. I can’t seem to find any info on it because I don’t know the name of the procedure. Thanks so much for the replies.


    Hi Scraggles,

    Is this the procedure that your dad is having, ascitic drainage? My dads Macmillan nurse spoke with us about this procedure being a possibility for us, but as it turned out they weren’t able to do it.

    I hope it all goes well for your mum.

    Best wishes to you both,



    Hi Scraggles…go to our search engine at the top of the page and all the posts that contain the word ascites will come up. I can’t recall this particular problem but you may find an answer there as we have had quite a few with aceties. Good luck.


    I am sorry I dont know anything about this and I can not (off the top of my head) think of a member that has had this done. Hopefully I am wrong and someone will pop in. If not, you will get to be the resident expert.


    My mom has stage 4 CC. Her ascites is really bad. She gets it drained and each time they remove 4.5L of fluid, and it seems to return after only a few days. The doctor mentioned inserting some type of tube to drain it into a bag. Does anyone have any info on this procedure? Thanks in advance.

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