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what can i do in the case of ascites????

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Dr. Jason Sample
General Surgery 24 years experience
Depends on cause: Ascites, an abnormal build up of fluid in the abdomen, has many causes. Based on your history, I would be concerned that it is associated with liver dysfunction. In that case, there are medications that can be prescribed to treat it. Regardless, you should see your doctor so that the cause of the ascites can be determined. Once that is done, you can begin some sort of treatment.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
There are: many causes of ascites, so finding and treating the cause will take care of the ascites. If the cause cannot be cured, dietary/fluid restrictions may be necessary, along with intermittent drainage if the volume of fluid becomes so large it impairs breathing or causes other symptoms. Talk to your doctor about it.
Dr. Praveen Reddy
Hospital-based practice 11 years experience
Treat the cause.: Yellow eyes & skin (scleral icterus and jaundice respectively) with ascites are suggestive of liver disease. Some other causes of ascites incl. cancer (including liver) & heart failure. #1, treatment of the underlying cause is recommended. Fluid removal by placing a needle into the abdomen using real-time imaging, and suctioning it out can be performed. Medications can sometimes prevent recurrence

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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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What sort of problem is ascites?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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