Definition of Ascites:

Accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity.

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...the condition
Ascites is a build-up of fluid in the peritoneal cavity – the space between the lining of the abdomen and abdominal organs...”
...our question about Shortness of breath / breathing difficulty
“Shortness of breath can occur with large ascites that causes pressure on the diaphragm and fluid around the lungs.”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“Approximately 80% of the ascites cases are thought to be due to cirrhosis.”
...relationship to Nutritional Deficiency
“Malnutrition can cause hypoalbuminemia, which causes ascites.”
...relationship to Pancreatitis
“Pancreatic ascites can be seen in people with chronic pancreatitis.”
...relationship to Cancer, General
“Malignant ascites is typically due to advanced cancers of the organs in the abdominal cavity...”
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Budd-Chiari Syndrome

...the condition
“...Symptoms include ... Ascites, the most common symptom: a build-up of fluid in the abdomen (peritoneal cavity)...”
...our question about Pain in the upper-right abdomen under rib cage
“Pain in the upper right abdomen, along with ascites and liver enlargement, is one of the main signs of Budd-Chiari syndrome.”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Symptoms include ... Ascites...”
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“...Ascites and pleuritic effusion; Alcohol intoxication; Bronchial conditions; Migraines and other headaches: Caffeine is used therapeutically in combination with ergotamine for migraine headaches...”

Fatty Liver

...the condition
“...Other possible signs include ... Ascites (fluid in the abdominal cavity)...”
...relationship to Nutritional Deficiency
“Malnutrition can result in an enlarged fatty liver, which can result in ascites.”


...related topic
“An excessive accumulation of clear, watery fluid in any of the tissues or cavities of the body; edema, ascites, anasarca...”

Liver Cancer

...the condition
“...The doctor also checks for ascites, an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen...”

Nutritional Deficiency

...our question about Abdominal distension, swelling
“...The abdominal swelling is due to (1) ascites caused by hypoalbuminemia and (2) an enlarged fatty liver.”


...the condition
“...Also known as spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, spontaneous peritonitis is an infection that occurs as a complication of ascites (a collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity)...”

Tapeworm Infection

...the condition
“...One of the symptoms of having a large lump of tapeworm protein in one's guts is to generate an immune response and the result can be ascites (a collection of fluid in the abdomen resulting in a pot belly...”
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