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Why does ascites affect breathing?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Claude Parola
Dr. Claude Parola
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In brief: Depends on cause

If ascites from heart failure, that combination will frequently ave associated breathing issues.
Ascites from an abdominal cause, may push diaphragms up and compromise that element of respiration.

In brief: Depends on cause

If ascites from heart failure, that combination will frequently ave associated breathing issues.
Ascites from an abdominal cause, may push diaphragms up and compromise that element of respiration.
Dr. Creighton Wright
Dr. Creighton Wright
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