Serrano Kidney and Vascular Access Center (KVAC) of California offers paracentesis, a procedure to take out fluid that has collected in the belly. This fluid buildup is called ascites. Ascites may be caused by infection, inflammation, an injury, or other conditions.
During paracentesis, fluid is taken out using a long, thin needle put through the belly. The fluid is sent to our lab and studied to find the cause of the fluid buildup.