Ascites can make regular activities like eating, drinking, moving around, and even very uncomfortable. But what is really the most frightening thing about this disease is that it can cause , which can be life-threatening.
What is Ascites?
Ascites is a condition of the body in which fluid is accumulated in the cavity of the abdomen or cavity. The stomach gets swollen, resulting in a heavy and uneasy feeling. The legs swell up, and even breathing is not normal, which causes rapid heart . It is also known as peritoneal fluid excess, peritoneal cavity fluid, dropsy, and hydroperitoneum.
According to MedlinePlus some of the major causes of ascites are:
- Hepatic vein obstruction or clots in the veins of the liver
- Kidney and heart failure
- Kidney dialysis
- Fatty liver disease
- Cancer involving tuberculosis and the abdominal cavity
The main symptoms of ascites are:
- Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen
- Distension of the abdomen
- Everted umbilicus
- Shifting dullness
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen ankles
- Rapid weight gain