Ascites: what it is and what diseases it is a symptom of
Ascites is an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, from liver disease to kidney failure, cancer and heart failure
What diseases can be associated with ascites?
The diseases that can be associated are as follows:
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Liver cirrhosis
- Heart failure
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and that it is always best to consult your doctor if the symptoms persist.
What are the remedies for ascites?
The most suitable remedy for ascites depends on the underlying cause.
Sometimes it is necessary to act on the diet, in particular by reducing the daily intake of salt.
In other cases, it may be essential to take diuretic drugs to eliminate excess fluid.
It may be necessary to aspirate them and, in more complex situations, surgery or a liver transplant may be required.
With ascites when to see your doctor?
Only a doctor, by investigating the causes, can determine the most suitable treatment to deal with the condition.
For this reason, sufferers should have regular check-ups and consult their doctor if the size of the ascites increases and the situation worsens with symptoms such as shortness of breath or abdominal discomfort.