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i am sure i have ascites. my girth goes from 39 to 48 inches in an hour or so, then i can't breathe. they are telling me i'm just fat. my liver # are up. what should i do?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Ascites: Ascites is fluid in the abdomen. It does not come and go, it does not resolve on its own. Increased abdominal girth could come after eating or with bowel irregularity. Obesity can negatively affect the liver and cause blood test changes. An ultrasound can see the liver and evaluate for ascites if indicated.
Dr. Orestes Pablos
General Surgery 61 years experience
Doubt ascites: If your girth went up that way only can be for gas accumulation because any fluid produci that increase would produce cardiovascular symptoms.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Get a scan: Ask for an ultrasound. If you are fat you may have fatty liver.

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