What causes ascites?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Ascites, which is an accumulation of excessive fluid within the peritoneal cavity, can be a complication of either hepatic or nonhepatic disease. The 4 most common causes of ascites in North America and Europe are cirrhosis, neoplasm, congestive heart failure, and tuberculous peritonitis.


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