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Comment from: Bob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I recently had an umbilical hernia repair and gall bladder removal by laparoscopy. My abdominal region remains bloated and I am wondering if it is ascites. I have just started Lasix medication (20 mg per day) and hope to see waistline reduction. I have diastolic heart failure, but no shortness of breath or obvious edema. All my liver and kidney functions are normal.

Comment from: Bob billy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I have decompensated cirrhosis of the liver which gave me ascites and I had 22 liters removed in 9 months. I now have an umbilical hernia and a large one in my scrotum. I had surgery which was really bad, the fluid came right back, and has stayed in the scrotum. I have to wear larger pants and a long shirt to hide my size. The doctor said there was nothing they can do but keep removing fluid. I take 180 mg. of fluid medicines. I wish I have never had a beer in my life, it is a horrible way to live; I weigh 144 lb.

Comment from: mMissIIH, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 27

My mum suffered with what I now know was probably ascites. She was in hospital for several weeks following a hip replacement and her legs, etc. were fine when she went in. She then got sepsis twice but luckily recovered from that. She also had chronic liver disease and hepatitis C from a contaminated blood transfusion. She had severe COPD exacerbated by the hepatitis C. She caught a pseudomonas infection which destroyed her lungs more. She also had lots of fluid in her lungs all the while, her legs swelled up and were incredibly painful for her and were leaking fluid. No doctor could say why her legs were doing this but it was obvious to us that with her heart, lungs, and kidneys were shutting down during sepsis and the liver disease. Her body wasn't coping and her liver was failing and it was obvious when the blood tests came back. Doctors still refused to say anything definite but were giving diuretics along with a host of other medications. After about 10 weeks in hospital the severe lung infection took over and as her liver was damaged it just couldn't fight off the infection for her any longer. We said goodbye in 2015.

Comment from: Jill, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

The MRI report says I have trace of pelvic ascites. I am worried if this is serious.

Comment from: maha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

She is 55 years old and in menopause since 7 months. She had sudden onset of increase in her belly size with mild nonsignificant pain in abdomen. She was admitted to hospital after ultra-scan that showed huge amount of ascitic fluid in abdomen, no pleural effusion. Normal KFT, normal LFT, CBC normal, mild increase in blood pressure 150/95, FBS normal, hepatitis B and C negative, ascitic fluid analysis shows WBC 1800, RBC 6000, protein 6 gm. Sugar 3 gm, neutrophils 55 percent, lymph 305, CA 125/167, CEA, AFP, CA19 all within normal.

Comment from: Sheelashree T P, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I have abdominal pain with ascites.


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