Patient Comments: Ascites - Cause

Question:What was the cause of the ascites you experienced?

Comment from: patty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I am not sure if this will help but my ascites is from donating a kidney, and apparently the lymph nodes next to where they removed the kidney are supposed to seal themselves and have not done that yet anyway. I had 3 liters pumped from my abdomen last month and have to go back and have it done again this week. They told me to stay on a fat-free diet and this would help.

Comment from: pntotilo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have severe ascites, which has gotten extremely painful. I have cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C and lots of alcohol. My quality of life is like a -25. You don't want go there. Help anyone you who may have a problem – before it's too late.

Comment from: Silvia33, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I experienced bloating in stomach which was diagnosed as ascites. I have had five liters removed and next week. I will have seven liters removed. Test results of fluid showed I had ovarian cancer. Operation included total hysterectomy, removal of tubes, ovaries, omendum, cervix, and six months of chemotheraphy. It was determined I have Stage III carcinoma, serous ovarian cancer since 05-2007. It has returned twice and now I am about to start my third chemo regimen, hair loss all three times. This is not an easy disease to have.

Comment from: 18Scotland, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 06

My wife's ascites is most likely caused by radioembolization and chemotherapy induced liver damage which is a disease resulting from SIR-Spheres and FOLFOX. Besides ascites, high bilirubin causing yellowing of eyes, and high ALP (2 x normal). Not much out there on radioembolization and chemotherapy induced liver damage/disease. Tests rule out portal hypertension and other normal causes.

Comment from: Big Brian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

My abdominal ascites was caused by congestive heart failure. Diuretics have drained me of about 5 liters of fluid. I have lost weight, and my waistline is two inches smaller. I feel a whole lot better. I urinate often during the day, and not much at night, because I take my diuretics early in the morning.

Comment from: icanbeatthis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

My ascites was due to metastases of a breast cancer that had been diagnosed 12 years earlier. The original breast cancer had spread to my uterus, cervix, and ovaries. I had a total hysterectomy and have been on chemo now for two years. I still have ascites off and on, but if it is bothersome, I have it drained. I'm still fighting and waiting for a cure.

Comment from: Felicitas, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 17

On a recent CT scan I was diagnosed with small ascites in the pelvis and the abdomen. However I have never been a drinker and both my heart and liver are normal. I also have a flat stomach with no inflammation. My symptoms are periodic severe stomach pains in the upper section of my stomach followed by severe inflammation of the abdomen. No ulcers nor any other abnormality of the stomach diagnosed.

Comment from: Connie, Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I had a liver transplant in 2004. I was in the hospital a few weeks ago because of headaches, but while they were checking me out they said I have a sac of fluid in my abdomen. I am scheduled to see a surgeon. I also had an open sore on my stomach which they said was staph. Not sure how serious this it yet.

Comment from: 65-74 Female Published: March 09

I have what the Dr. is calling "Traumatic Ascites". Because they have eliminated all of the textbook answers and can find no reason for it. About a month after I took a hard fall directly on my stomach it began to occur. When I fell I was carrying something and should have dropped it and didn't. I am on Lasix and Spirolactone. Our local Dr. suggested going to Mayo Clinic. I very much doubt if they would find anything but run all the tests that have already been run.

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