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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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