Ascites is an indicator of advanced liver disease and liver cirrhosis. Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity, separated by the diaphragm. Abdominal organs are contained in a sac called the peritoneum. There is normally no fluid found in this area, except in some women during menstrual cycles and even that is below an ounce. When fluid does fill up this area, it is abnormal and could be a sign of serious illness and a condition known as ascites.
Individuals with chronic liver disease often develop fibrosis – scarring of the liver – which can lead to cirrhosis – a severe form of liver disease that can be deadly. Ascites is a complication of cirrhosis, which can lead to the abdomen swelling and bulging. The peritoneum covers abdominal organs, including the liver, which is probably why the two are associated.
Ascites can occur due to two combining factors:
Causes and risk factors of ascites are largely in part due to liver conditions, including:
Other causes include:
Symptoms of ascites include:
Many of these symptoms are similar to other conditions, so diagnosis of ascites may be complicated at first. For proper diagnosis a doctor will perform the following tests.
Prevention of ascites includes the following lifestyle changes:
Treatment options include:
Some natural home remedies for ascites to consider:
These foods can help detox the body, reduce inflammation, work as a natural diuretic and help restore fluids to the body. Try to avoid drinking excess water, which can lead to additional swelling and weight gain.
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