Abdominal paracentesis and thoracocentesis

Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2009 Apr;19(2):e32-5. doi: 10.1097/SLE.0b013e31819d8d67.


Abdominal paracentesis and thoracocentesis are common bedside procedures with diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative roles. We describe a useful and familiar a useful and familiar technique with the use of a multiple lumen catheter commonly used for central venous line insertion for drainage of ascites or moderate to large pleural effusions. The use of a multiple lumen catheter allows easier and more rapid aspiration of fluid with a smaller probability of the side holes being blocked as compared to the standard needle or single catheter methods. This is particularly useful in situations where the dedicated commercial kits for thoracocentesis and abdominal paracentesis are not readily available.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen*
  • Ascites / therapy*
  • Ascitic Fluid*
  • Catheterization, Central Venous
  • Drainage
  • Humans
  • Paracentesis*
  • Pleural Effusion / therapy*
  • Suction