Ascites is the accumulation of excess fluid in the abdominal cavity.
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Ascites can be caused by:
- High blood pressure in the portal venous system, which can be caused by:
- Malnutrition or other conditions leading to low amounts of protein in the blood
- Certain cancers
- Infections, such as tuberculosis that can invade the abdomen
Last reviewedJune 2013by Daus Mahnke, MD; Brian Randall, MD
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