Fluid Aspiration and Drainage

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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 Boston Children’s Hospital 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.

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Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue 
Boston MA 02115 

617-355-6579  
fax: 617-730-0541

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