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can ascites be fatal?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
See below: Ascites is caused by serious illness. Though it usually does not cause death by itself, the underlying reason for ascites can be fatal. Liver disease and cancer are 2 common causes of ascites.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the most common treatment for ascites?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Treat Cause: Treatment of ascites is based on treating the underlying cause which is responsible for the accumulation of fluid. Other initial treatments are medical in nature and include sodium restriction and diuretic therapy. This can be effective in up to 95% of patients. For those who are refractory to medical treatment the ascitic fluid can be removed periodically via a process called paracentesis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is ascites?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Ascite: Is retention of fluid on the abdominal cavity. The liver is not able to maintain the flow of blood toward the heart. The liver becomes cirrhotic (scars down). This could be due to alcohol, hepatitis b or c, cancers.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with ascites?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Certain doctors do: Yes. Certain doctors such as internists, gastroenterologists/hepatologist, nephrologist do see a lot of patients with ascites. Oncologists see patient with ascites quite a lot - although less frequently compared the above doctors.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is ascites? Can it be sucked out?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Yes: Ascites is fluid in the abdominal cavity. There are many causes of ascites. Yes, it can be removed by a procedure called paracentesis. It is a fairly simple procedure done in a doctor's office. However, this is not a treatment for ascites. Paracentesis is used to help diagnose the cause of ascites, or to relieve the pressure from a buildup of a large amount of fluid.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are ascites?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 27 years experience
Fluid: Usually means too much fluid has built up within the abdominal cavity.

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