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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Don, t have shortness of breath or cough feel fit walking alot am I just fatter in my stomach as I age or could it be ascites? Don't eat many carbs? GP examined stomach for burping and GERD and said stomach OK. I see Ripple when push down on it on back.

Don, t have shortness of breath or cough feel fit walking alot am I just fatter in my stomach as I age or could it be ascites? Don't eat many carbs? GP examined stomach for burping and GERD and said stomach OK. I see Ripple when push down on it on back.

Ascites: Ascites occurs as a result of several serious medical illnesses which don't appear likely in your case. New weight often is deposited in the abdominal area which is a more likely scenario in your case. An ultrasound of the abdomen can reassure you if you're still concerned about abdominal pathology. ...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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Can ascites be fatal?

Can ascites be fatal?

See below: Ascites is caused by serious illness. Though it usually does not cause death by itself, the underlying reason for ascites can be fatal. Liver disease and cancer are 2 common causes of ascites. ...Read more

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Can malaria cause ascites?

Can malaria cause ascites?

Possible: Ascites or fluid in the abdomen is not usual presentation, how ever was reported from the centers with large series, and people over the age of 50 years. (picture is not malaria blood smear slide). ...Read more

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What is the cure for ascites?

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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Can ascites cause 100f fevers?

Yes: If the fluid is infected its called sbp. Spontaneous bacterial pertionitis. Dangerous and needs to be checked out in the hospital. ...Read more

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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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Can walking help reduce some ascites?

Can walking help reduce some ascites?

Not likely: Ascites typically forms when liver disease makes it difficult for the blood to filter through the liver back to the systemic circulation, similar to a clogged filter. Exercise will not improve this. ...Read more

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Does walking as exercise make ascites worse?

Ascites: In and of itself walking will not make ascites worse. Resistance exercises such as weight lifting with moderate to heavy resistance can due to increase vascular pressures that occur. Walking should not bother it and can help in so many other ways both physically, mentally, and psychologically. ...Read more

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How can you tell if ascites is under control before surgery?

Ultrasound: You do not mention the type of surgery that you are to have - the risk of surgery in the face of underlying liver disease depends on the type of surgery and the degree of liver damage. Ascites is an indicator of the severity of liver disease, but the risk of surgery is not necessarily eliminated if the ascites is gone. See your hepatologist for full assessment of the risk of surgery. ...Read more

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Does perihepatic ascites cause pain? How long does it take to go away and what are potential causes?

Generally no: A small amount of perihepatic ascites is usually not painful. Possible causes include chronic liver disease or the sequelae of an acute insult to the liver (medication injury or cholecystitis). ...Read more

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Is Ascites always cancer?

No: Ascites is frequently associated with tumors such as ovary which spread to omentum causing a release of a permeability factor that causes weeping of fluid from peritoneal surface to produce ascites. The latter also occurs during portal hypertension with cirrhosis of the liver resulting in fluid filling the peritoneal cavity. Rare infections such as TB peritonitis is associated with ascites. ...Read more

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What are ascites?

Fluid: Usually means too much fluid has built up within the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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When will my ascites go away?

Need to know Cause: Ascites can be caused from several things, so you can't get an answer on this without helping us know the source of the problem. ...Read more

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What is ascites? Can it be sucked out?

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

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Does exercise help in reducing ascites?

Not usually: If heart failure, getting in shape may reduce some of the failure symptoms. ...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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Does ascites usually make you gain weight?

Yes, 8 lbs/ gallon: Yes, ascites is water (plus some salts and proteins) in the abdomen. Water weighs about 8 lbs./gallon, or 1 kg/liter. You would be surprised how many liters can be hiding in someone's abdomen.

Ascites definitely causes weight gain! ...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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What does it mean when a person has ascites?? Is it dangerouse and what can be the cause??

Could be serious: It could be caused by significant liver problem, heart problem, kidney problem, malnutrition, cancer, etc. Please discuss further with doctor to get more proper evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the most common treatment for ascites?

Treat Cause: Treatment of ascites is based on treating the underlying cause which is responsible for the accumulation of fluid.

Other initial treatments are medical in nature and include sodium restriction and diuretic therapy. This can be effective in up to 95% of patients.

For those who are refractory to medical treatment the ascitic fluid can be removed periodically via a process called paracentesis. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with ascites?

Certain doctors do: Yes. Certain doctors such as internists, gastroenterologists/hepatologist, nephrologist do see a lot of patients with ascites. Oncologists see patient with ascites quite a lot - although less frequently compared the above doctors. ...Read more

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What are the common cancers that cause ascites?

What are the common cancers that cause ascites?

Either those causing: Liver failure by metastasis (colon, any gi, breast, lung, melanoma, kidney), or those infesting the abdominal cavity: ovary, pancreas, endometrium, lymphoma. Benign causes are liver, heart and kidney failure. ...Read more

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How is chylous ascites different from other ascites?

How is chylous ascites different from other ascites?

Harder to treat: It is much harder to treat, usually dietary changes are used. Sometimes an interventional radiologist (image guided surgeon) can identify the problem and block the leak, but it is a very specialized procedure. The interventional radiology group at university of pennsylvania has significant experience with this condition. ...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


Dr. Sudeshan Govender
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Ascites (Definition)

Ascites = abnormal accumulation of fluid in peritoneal ...Read more