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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 for severe ascites the fluid may have to be removed with a
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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