Ascites

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Ascites

Definition

Ascites is excess fluid in the space between the tissues lining the abdomen and abdominal organs (the peritoneal cavity).

Causes

Ascites is typically caused by liver disease. Disorders that may be associated with ascites include:

Treatment

Treatment may include medicines called diuretics, which help remove the fluid, and antibiotics, if infection develops.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Anyone who has ascites and develops new abdominal pain and fever should contact their health care provider immediately.

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