Paracentesis and Coagulopathies
Author: Dr. Ethan Szpara
Edited by: Kevin Cao
Article of Interest
Patients that have coagulopathy due to liver disease have a very low bleeding risk following paracentesis when being performed under ultrasound guidance.
I will not correct for coagulopathy in patients with liver disease prior to diagnostic paracentesis in the ED unless otherwise indicated by severe lab derangements.