What is transudative ascites in cirrhosis?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In the past, ascites was classified as being a transudate or an exudate. In transudative ascites, fluid was said to cross the liver capsule because of an imbalance in Starling forces. In general, ascites protein would be less than 2.5 g/dL in this form of ascites. A classic cause of transudative ascites would be portal hypertension secondary to cirrhosis and congestive heart failure.

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