Fluid can build up inside the body for many reasons. Small amounts of fluid can be drawn off using a needle and syringe. This is called aspiration. Larger amounts or thicker liquid will need to be drained over a period of time using a thin plastic tube. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the procedure to drain or aspirate fluid from the body, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to the Interventional Radiology department for treatment.
What happens before the procedure?
What does the procedure involve?
Are there any risks?
Are there any alternatives to drainage and aspiration?
What happens afterwards?
- The area continues to drain a lot of fluid
- The dressing begins to smell
- The area looks red, swollen and feels hotter than the surrounding skin
- Your child is in a lot of pain and pain relief does not seem to help
- Your child has a temperature of 38°C or higher.
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.