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Why does ascites affect breathing?

Why does ascites affect breathing?

Diaphragm: Ascites is an accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. The diaphragm, which is the muscle that divides the abdomen from the thoracic cavity( where the lungs are located) , helps in pulling air into the lungs, any accumulation of fluid in the abdomen will increase the intrabdominal pressure thus pushing on the diaphragm upward, preventing it from helping in drawing air into the lungs properly. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Ascites (Definition)

Ascites is also known as Abnormal fluid buildup in abdomen, Fluid in the abdomen. Ascites is a symptom in which a person has fluid (watery liquid) in his tummy, but the fluid is outside of the organs. Ascites fluid can surround the stomach, intestines, and bladder, but ascites fluid is ...Read more


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If someone has liver failure with malignant ascites and exhaustion and labored breathing what is the prognosis for how long they will live?

Short: You are asking how long a person can live when they are short of breath from liver failure and ascites. This means less than 20% of liver is working. They may require drainage of ascites to breath. The life span is short and requires medical intervention. They may be seeing a liver specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do in the case of ascites????

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. ...Read more

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What can I do in the case of ascites??? It's very difficult to breathe.....

Paracentesis: If the ascites is so severe that you're having trouble breathing, you should have a paracentesis. This is a simple medical procedure, performed at the bedside, taking about 10 minutes, to anesthetize the skin, puncture the skin, and thread a catheter (small tube) into the abdomen to drain off the fluid. You'll have immediate relief. ...Read more

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Please explain why someone who was bleeding and had ascites (due to liver problems) 02 saturations would decrease?

Generally: when you have ascites it puts pressure on your diaphragm and limits breathing, assuming your condition hasn't directly effected your lungs ...Read more

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Wondering if I have Ascites my stomach is swollen and from the pressure I can't breathe.Its been going on for a year I've had an EKG on my heart ?

Wondering if I have Ascites my stomach is swollen and from the pressure I can't breathe.Its been going on for a year I've had an EKG on my heart ?

See a DR: You must have seen a Dr for the EKG. A Dr of internal medicine will evaluate this and indicate what you have. Do not delay. You have difficulty breathing. Is it worse? The internet cannot possibly help you. You need a real Dr to examine you. ...Read more

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Alcoholic: some symptoms: puffy face, beer gut (or ascites), snoring, heartburn, rapid short breaths while sleeping, dehydration on tues after weekend?

Alcoholic: some symptoms: puffy face, beer gut (or ascites), snoring, heartburn, rapid short breaths while sleeping, dehydration on tues after weekend?

Need better eval: Alcoholics can develop cirrhosis which can impede blood flow back to the heart, cause fluid to accumulate in the lower part of the body including the abdomen, can cause malnutrition, can cause insult to the kidney and can impede lung function and steroid metabolism causing rapid breathing and alkalosis. All these have to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is ascites?

What sort of problem is ascites?

Fluid : Ascites is fluid buildup in the abdomen. Although most commonly found in patients with liver failure or cirrhosis, it can also be caused by certain cancers and heart failure. ...Read more

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Without emplantation of lever, how can I get relief from ascites symptoms disease.

Diuretic, drainage: Careful use of drugs to remove fluid from the body (usually diuretic such as spironolactone) helps mild cases, and if severe inserting a catheter though the skin into the abdominal cavity to drain fluid can relieve symptoms. Your best relief is if the liver dissease can be reversed or improved. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Yepuri
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Abnormal Fluid Buildup In Abdomen (Definition)

Abnormal fluid buildup in abdomen refers to Ascites, a medical condition in which a person has excess fluid in the abdomen (in the peritoneal space). Abdominal fluid buildup occurs in conditions such as liver failure, kidney ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more