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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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMichel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
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