A fatal complication of ultrasound-guided abdominal paracentesis.

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A fatal complication of ultrasound-guided abdominal paracentesis.

J Clin Ultrasound. 2013 Sep;41(7):457-60

Authors: Seidler M, Sayegh K, Roy A, Mesurolle B

Ultrasound-guided abdominal paracentesis is a procedure that is frequently performed by radiologists for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. This procedure has been shown to be safe with few complications. We report the case of a patient who underwent an ultrasound-guided therapeutic abdominal paracentesis for refractory ascites complicated by intraperitoneal hemorrhage leading to death. This case suggests that ultrasound-guided paracentesis may need to become a more standardized procedure and that in the event of hemorrhage, alternative treatment options such as embolization or surgical intervention should be utilized when manual compression fails.

PMID: 23606571 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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