Ascites

Alternative Names

Portal hypertension – ascites

Definition of Ascites

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

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

A person with ascites usually has severe . Ascites due to liver disease is caused by high pressure in the blood vessels of the liver (portal hypertension) and low albumin levels.

Signs and tests

A physical examination may reveal a swollen abdomen, or belly.

Treatment

The condition that causes ascites will be treated, if possible.

Review

George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 12/13/2010

Ascites with ovarian cancer, CT scan
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