Ascites

Ascites

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Ascites is the buildup of fluid in the abdomen. Many diseases can cause ascites, including liver disease and some cancers.

Ascites can be uncomfortable. The extra fluid also can cause your belly to swell and make it hard for you to breathe. The condition usually is treated with medicine and diet. But the fluid may have to be removed with a needle for severe ascites.

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Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical ReviewerMichel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

Current as ofNovember 20, 2015

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