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What is the loose fluid in the abdomen a sign of?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Liver trouble: Most common form of free fluid in the abdomen, known as ascites , is a liver so hardened and disease that it causes decrease blood flow through the liver vessels and main draining veins. This together with low protein levels in the blood due to liver disease causes fluid to seep outside the vessels and into the abdominal cavity.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Abdominal fluid: Abdominal fluid can be caused by many conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver, various malignant tumors, congestive heart failure, infection like appendicitis,diverticulitis with peritonitis from perforation or chronic pancreatitis.
Last updated Dec 25, 2018

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