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Alternate Names : Abdominal Dropsy, Hydroperitoneum

Ascites | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Some cases of ascites can be prevented. For example, cirrhosis can be prevented by drinking alcohol only in moderation. Effective treatment of congestive heart failure can prevent ascites from that cause.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Long-term effects of ascites can include the following:

  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty walking and performing daily activities
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • heart failure
  • kidney failure
  • malnutrition
  • sleep disorders
  • What are the risks to others?

    Ascites is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Ascites: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Susan Woods, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 09/24/01

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