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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.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
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