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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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A 36-year-old member asked:

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.
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.
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When will my ascites go away?

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Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Need to know Cause: Ascites can be caused from several things, so you can't get an answer on this without helping us know the source of the problem.
A 37-year-old member asked:

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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the cure for ascites?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Depends on source: Ascites, the leaking of serum fluid into the peritoneal cavity can arise from different sources. End stage liver cirrhosis with portal hypertension can cause extensive ascites. A liver transplant may be the only source for relief. Ovaian Cancer that spreads to the omentum releases a vascular permeability factor. Here tumor debulking and chemo may produce the desired results.

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