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A 32-year-old female asked:

is ascites always cancer?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No: BUT Ascites is serious and needs to be medically evaluated. Take care.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: Ascites is frequently associated with tumors such as ovary which spread to omentum causing a release of a permeability factor that causes weeping of fluid from peritoneal surface to produce ascites. The latter also occurs during portal hypertension with cirrhosis of the liver resulting in fluid filling the peritoneal cavity. Rare infections such as TB peritonitis is associated with ascites.
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Here are some ...: Most common is still related with liver cirrhosis from alcohol and hepatitis besides extensive peritoneal cancers like those from colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, etc. So, it's not always from cancers alone. In short, any disease conditions causing portal vein blockage or peritoneal reaction resulting in peritoneal fluid secretion/exudation will produce ascites...
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the common cancers that cause ascites?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Ovary: Any tumor that spreads to the peritoneum can cause ascites. Of the common tumors ovarian cancers have a greater tendency to invade the peritoneum and cause ascites. Mesotheliomas are primary tumors of the peritoneum and cause ascites, but are not common. Some tumors cause ascites by blocking the lymph vessels, e.g. Stomach and pancreas cancers. Liver cancers may be associated with ascites.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

What is the main reason of Ascites?? Is it deadly? or lead to cancer?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Belly fluid: Ascites is a term used to describe fluid collecting in the abdomen. it can happen for many different reasons. How "deadly" or bad ascites can be really depends on the reason behind it and whether the fluid in the belly ever gets infected. A common reason fluid builds up is liver disease. This happens because the liver is responsible for making things that keep fluid from leaking. Good luck!

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