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Will ascites kill me, or does the water just get reabsorbed later?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Cause

Ascitis is a manifestation of a problem. Most common cause is liver cirrhosis.
The prognosis depends on the cause and the treatment received. Ascitis itself can lead to a number of complications including kidney shutdown and extreme respiratory difficulty. It can also get infected and cause septic shock.

In brief: Cause

Ascitis is a manifestation of a problem. Most common cause is liver cirrhosis.
The prognosis depends on the cause and the treatment received. Ascitis itself can lead to a number of complications including kidney shutdown and extreme respiratory difficulty. It can also get infected and cause septic shock.
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Ascites

Ascites is a serious condition.
It can be caused by liver disease, cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, cancer and kidney failure. You should go to a gastroenterologist to have that doctor order some tests on your liver, kidney and heart. You may also need to have some ascitic fluid removed to help arrive at the diagnosis of what is causing your ascites to develop.

In brief: Ascites

Ascites is a serious condition.
It can be caused by liver disease, cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, cancer and kidney failure. You should go to a gastroenterologist to have that doctor order some tests on your liver, kidney and heart. You may also need to have some ascitic fluid removed to help arrive at the diagnosis of what is causing your ascites to develop.
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