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Do doctors see a lot of patients with ascites?

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

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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Patient(age-67)suffering from ascitis diagnosed by different test reports, yet doctors could not be able to find any reason, all reports are positive?

Ascitis: The most common cause of ascitis is liver disease such as liver cirrhosis. Hepatitis b and c are by far the most common ones to cause. Malignant (cancer related) ascitis is another possibility. Occasionally, heart related ascitis caused by poorly controlled congestive heart failure can occur, but that's fairly rare. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if a person has ascites versus being just fat/bloated?

How do doctors tell if a person has ascites versus being just fat/bloated?

Ascites diangosis: Ascites can be discovered on a physical examination by detection a fluid wave in the abdomen. The definitive way to diagnose it is by an abdominal ultrasound which will detect it quite easily. If there is a question of the presence of ascites, have a doctor order one. ...Read more

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Does the presence of ascites in cirrhosis always indicate the patient is in a decompensated state?

Not exactly: It indicates the severity of disease process, but can be created at variable rate (/volume) depending on compliance w/meds and diet (salt excess a big one). True decompensation usually w/ascites and jaundice (yellow appearance to skin / sclera). ...Read more

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How does long term management of a patient with cirrhotic ascites vs malignant ascites?

Malignant ascites: Unfortunately the only way to get malignant ascites under control is to control the underlying cancer, depending on the cancer either IV and/or intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Hopefully a GI doctor will also add some information as pertains to control of cirrhosis-related ascites. ...Read more

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Is Ascites completely curable??Is there any way to help increase liver function ? Patient age : 49 F

Well: Difficult question.! If you can get the liver to function normally and have seen it happen, then with help the ascites will go away.! It is a life of treatment and living to protect the liver ...Read more

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Can you tell me about life of patients with ascites and liver cirrhosis of grade iv?

Complicated: Patients with liver cirrhosis develop many complications since the presence of ascites means that there is portal hyperteinsion in the venous system draining the bowel with nutrients heading to the liver. Such patients can go into liver failure and coma or develop complications from portal hypertension such as esophageal varices. A shunt has to be performed to lessen or eliminate the problem. ...Read more

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Does the development of malignant ascites mean much shortened survival in cancer patients?

Does the development of malignant ascites mean much shortened survival in cancer patients?

Generally yes: If the ascites is caused by studding of the peritoneum with tumor or thrombosis of the portal vein, then the cancer is much advanced. Some centers may offer hyperthermia for peritoneal carcinomatosis and i've heard success stories; a thrombosed portal vein might sometime be successfully treated. Today's physicians are honest about your odds and the risk-cost / benefit ration you can expect. ...Read more

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How about ascites in unborn child? Can the doctor do a paracentesis?Or should the baby be delivered first ?

How about ascites in unborn child? Can the doctor do a paracentesis?Or should the baby be delivered first ?

Depends.: If isolated (i.e. Not hydrops) fetal ascites may still be a harbinger of life-threatening fetal hydrops (immune or not), associated with urinary tract anomalies, fetal infections, lymphatic malformations, cardiac defects or chromosomal aneuploidies. Treatment depends on the diagnosis, which may be elusive prenatally. In general, isolated fetal hydrops is monitored and delivered at term. Mfm care! ...Read more

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What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites?Thanks.

What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites?Thanks.

Antibiotics: I assume you mean "fever" when you say "hyperthermia". Patients with ascites are at risk for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. This is infection of the ascitic fluid. In general a sample should be obtained and then antibiotics should be instituted. ...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


Dr. Jay Yepuri
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Fluid In The Abdomen (Definition)

Fluid in the abdomen is a clinical finding in which the abdomen may be enlarged and contains fluid. This can occur due to liver, ...Read more