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Ascites is the buildup of fluid in the abdomen. Many diseases can cause ascites, including liver disease and some cancers.
Ascites can be uncomfortable. The extra fluid also can cause your belly to swell and make it hard for you to breathe. The condition usually is treated with medicine and diet. But the fluid may have to be removed with a needle for severe ascites.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery|
|Last Revised||December 13, 2011|