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Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure. My friend is currently

Is it recommended for a patient w/ ascite to take protien suppliment such as whey protien mix and pure protien shake? Ascite is a condition where by a person starts collecting fluid in his/her abdominal cavity due to liver failure.  My friend is currently

Ascites : Ascites is a fluid build up within the abdominal cavity that can be caused from a variety of reasons, but most commonly from liver disease. In this case, scarring within the liver, called cirrhosis caused elevated blood pressures within the intestine and other abdominal organs, also known as portal hypertension. This causes fluid to leak into the peritoneum and when the amount of fluid formation exceeds the capacity of the abdominal lining to absorb the fluid, then accumulation of fluid occurs. In some liver conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis (sometimes related to liver cancer), ascites accumulation may be severe. The fluid consists of protein, including albumin. Patients that have the fluid removed, called paracentesis, to relieve the pressure from the ascites, also lose the protein and exacerbate protein loss. Together with the liver disease (liver makes essentially all of the proteins that circulate in the blood), patients will lose a large amount of muscle mass, called muscle wasting. Patients with liver disease may also experience mental confusion, called hepatic encephalopathy, which calls for dietary protein restriction, which also exacerbates muscle wasting. The recommendations for protein intake in liver failure patients has changed. The american association for the study of liver diseases currently recommends that protein intake should be at least 1 g/kg/day and increased to 1.75 - 2 g/kg/day as tolerated. A late night meal with the highest amount of protein will minimize the risk of encephalopathy interfering with daily routine. At this point, your friend should be under the careful management of a liver specialist, called a hepatologist and possibly evaluated for liver transplantation. ...Read more

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


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What is the definition or description of: abdominal cavity?

What is the definition or description of: abdominal cavity?

See below: This is the part of the body known as the abdomen and would include parts of the pelvis. It contains the most of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary organs. It is separated from the chest or "thoracic cavity" by the diaphragm. ...Read more

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Fluttering in my upper right abdominal cavity, what's happening?

Fluttering in my upper right abdominal cavity, what's happening?

Maybe It's Twoo Wuv: It could be transmission from your heart.As long as by "fluttering"you mean a rapid pulsation.It could also be some twitching from your diaphragm.The heart thing has more serious ramifications so when it happens check your pulse.If it is rapid,then you need to see a doctor.If not, place your palm on your upper stomach area and feel for twitching.If nothing is found,see a doc if it lasts 2 weeks ...Read more

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Pain in abdominal cavity after vp shunt revision. What do you suggest?

Pain in abdominal cavity after vp shunt revision. What do you suggest?

CT scan: Pain in the abdominal area in patients with vp shunt may indicate a sub clinical infection of the shunt leading to cyst formation. A ct scan of the abdomen can determine if this cyst is present. ...Read more

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Ovary up high in abdominal cavity closer to ribs after hysterectomy , very small and not in normal position. Problem? Sorry didn't word last ? Right.

Ovary up high in abdominal cavity closer to ribs after hysterectomy , very small and not in normal position. Problem? Sorry didn't word last ? Right.

No: The actual position of the ovary after hysterectomy is not as important as whether there is good blood flow from the ovary into the general circulation to provide the necessary hormones to the patient.. ...Read more

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What are the weak points in the abdominal cavity?

What are the weak points in the abdominal cavity?

Hernias: Weak points in the anatomy are the reason patients have hernias. The most common place is the inguinal/groin region. Next is the umbilicus/belly button and femoral hernias. Other placed are at abdominal wall incisions from previous surgeries, the esophageal hiatus in the diaphragm/hiatal hernias, or spigelian hernias less commonly in the lateral abdominal wall. ...Read more

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4 the last year experiencing discomfort in the left lower quadrant of my abdominal cavity. What could be the problem and how could I treat the issue?

4 the last year experiencing discomfort in the left lower quadrant of my abdominal cavity. What could be the problem and how could I treat the issue?

A variety of things: Within the left lower quadrant, lies the sigmoid colon (part of the large intestine), the left ovary (females), and the left kidney ureter. Evaluation and treatment will depend on associated symptoms, e.g. diarrhea, constipation, blood in urine or stool, presence of mass and nature of discomfort. See a gastroenterologist if this persists or worsens. ...Read more

Abdominal Cavity (Definition)

This is the part of the body known as the abdomen and would include parts of the pelvis. It contains the most of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary organs. It is separated from the chest or "thoracic ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Ascites (Definition)

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