Abdominal tap, or paracentesis, is a procedure to remove excess fluid from the abdominal cavity, which is the area between the abdominal wall and the spine. Excess fluid in the abdomen is called “ascites.” Normally, there should be no ascites within the abdominal cavity. This fluid in the abdominal cavity can cause bloating, pain, and breathing difficulties. The most common cause of fluid in the abdominal cavity is fibrotic scarring of the liver, which is called cirrhosis.
Tapping of Ascites is carried out for 2 reasons.