You may have no symptoms if there is only a small amount of fluid in the belly. As more fluid collects, you may have abdominal pain and bloating. Large amounts of fluid can cause shortness of breath, This happens because the fluid pushes up on the diaphragm, which in turn compresses the lower lungs.... read more ›
The fluid causes swelling that can make the tummy feel tight and very uncomfortable. It often develops over a few weeks but might happen over a few days. The fluid causes pressure on other organs in the abdominal area and may lead to: clothes feeling tighter or needing a bigger belt size.... read more ›
Ascites is often the earliest complication of ESLD; when present it indicates 50% 2-year mortality. Median survival is 6 months when ascites becomes refractory. Encephalopathy that is severe or refractory has a 12-month average survival.... see details ›
Background: Malignant ascites is a manifestation of end stage events in a variety of cancers and associated with a poor prognosis.... continue reading ›
Your doctor can put a small tube into the abdomen to drain off the fluid. This reduces the swelling and makes you feel more comfortable. It's called abdominal paracentesis (pronounced para-sen-tee-sis) or an ascitic tap (pronounced ass-it-ic tap). Draining the fluid relieves symptoms in 90 out of 100 people (90%).... see more ›
In most cases, ascites itself is not life threatening. However, the cause may be a more serious condition that may be life threatening, such as liver failure.... see details ›
Those with mild ascites may have an abdomen that appears normal, whereas those with more severe ascites may have a very large distended abdomen. As the fluid accumulates in the abdominal cavity. The belly button can also protrude from the body with severe ascites.... continue reading ›
It is recommended that the drainage frequency not exceed three times per week.... continue reading ›
Ascites can lead to: Abdominal problems: The fluid buildup may lead to pain, discomfort and difficulty breathing. These symptoms can interfere with your ability to eat, walk and do daily activities. Infection: The fluids can become infected, called spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.... continue reading ›
Your doctor may recommend a liver transplant if ascites doesn't respond to treatment and you have severe liver disease. If ascites results from heart failure, you may also need surgery.... see details ›
The probability of survival at one and five years after the diagnosis of ascites is approximately 50 and 20%, respectively, and long-term survival of more than 10 years is very rare . In addition, mortality rises up to 80% within 6–12 months in patients who also develop kidney failure .... continue reading ›
Ascites is the main complication of cirrhosis,3 and the mean time period to its development is approximately 10 years. Ascites is a landmark in the progression into the decompensated phase of cirrhosis and is associated with a poor prognosis and quality of life; mortality is estimated to be 50% in 2 years.... see more ›
The person may be unable to tell night from day. He or she may also display irritability and personality changes, or have memory problems. As brain function continues to decline, he or she will become sleepy and increasingly confused. This state can progress to unresponsiveness and coma.... read more ›
It's caused by fluid buildup in body tissues. Sitting for a long time during the workday or on plane flights, hormone changes during pregnancy, and even standing for too long can all cause this to happen. Your body is made up of 50 to 60 percent water.... read more ›
When ascites is due to cancer, or if the fluid in the abdomen has cancer cells, it is often called malignant ascites or malignant peritoneal effusion. Ascites develops most often with ovarian, uterine, cervical, colorectal, stomach, pancreatic, breast and liver cancers.... continue reading ›
The most common cause of ascites is cirrhosis of the liver. Drinking too much alcohol is one of the most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver. Different types of cancer can also cause this condition. Ascites caused by cancer most often occur with advanced or recurrent cancer.... read more ›
The classification of ascites is based on the amount of fluid in the abdominal cavity: grade 1 ascites, or mild ascites, detectable by ultrasound examination; grade 2 ascites, or moderate ascites, characterized by a mild symmetrical abdominal distension; and grade 3 ascites, or large ascites, with significant abdominal ...... view details ›
- Limiting sodium and liquids.
- Prescribing diuretics.
- Administering intravenous albumin.
- Inserting shunts.
- Prescribing antibiotics to prevent infection.
- Liver transplantation.
Shortness of breath. Nausea. Swelling in legs and ankles. Indigestion.... see more ›