Fluid aspiration and drainage
This is a minimally invasive procedure in which we use imaging technologies (ultrasound or CT scan) to guide the placement of a needle into your child’s body to remove fluid that has collected abnormally, usually in her abdominal or chest cavities.
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches fluid aspiration and drainage
The hospital’s interventional radiologists perform this procedure. These are physicians who have special training in performing minimally invasive, image-guided procedures in infants and children.
In addition to the interventional radiologist, your child will be treated by a team of anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists who specialize in caring for children.
We perform fluid aspiration and drainage in our suite on the second floor of Children’s, which features three procedure rooms equipped with the latest imaging technology, a recovery area for patients who have received sedation or anesthesia and examining rooms for outpatient visits.