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The hallmark of ascites is abdominal distention. A positive history of cirrhosis and liver failure is suggestive of ascites. The most common symptoms of ascites include abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, and weight gain.
- The hallmark of ascites is abdominal distention. A positive history of cirrhosis and liver failure is suggestive of ascites. The most common symptoms of ascites include abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, and weight gain.
Patients with ascites may have a positive history of:
- Acute liver failure
- Hepatic failure
- Hepatorenal syndrome
- Liver fibrosis
- Liver cirrhosis
- Budd-Chiari syndrome
- Constrictive pericarditis
- Heart failure
- Nephrotic syndrome
Common symptoms of ascites include:
- Abdominal distension
- Abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Weight gain
- Early satiety
Less Common Symptoms
Less common symptoms of ascites include:
- Weight loss
- Peripheral edema
- Diarrhea and steatorrhea
- Night sweats
- ↑ Aalami OO, Allen DB, Organ CH (2000). "Chylous ascites: a collective review". Surgery. 128 (5): 761–78. doi:10.1067/msy.2000.109502. PMID 11056439.
- ↑ Browse NL, Wilson NM, Russo F, al-Hassan H, Allen DR (1992). "Aetiology and treatment of chylous ascites". Br J Surg. 79 (11): 1145–50. PMID 1467885.
- ↑ Steinemann DC, Dindo D, Clavien PA, Nocito A (2011). "Atraumatic chylous ascites: systematic review on symptoms and causes". J. Am. Coll. Surg. 212 (5): 899–905.e1–4. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2011.01.010. PMID 21398159.
- ↑ Press OW, Press NO, Kaufman SD (1982). "Evaluation and management of chylous ascites". Ann. Intern. Med. 96 (3): 358–64. PMID 7059101.