Ascites (cont.)

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What is the outlook (prognosis) for ascites?

The outlook on ascites primarily depends on its underlying cause and severity.

In general, the prognosis of malignant ascites is poor. Most cases have a mean survival time between 20 to 58 weeks, depending on the type of malignancy as shown by a group of investigators.

Ascites due to cirrhosis usually is a sign of advanced liver disease and it usually has a fair prognosis with a 3-year survival rate of about 75%.

Ascites due to heart failure has a fair prognosis as the patient may live years with appropriate treatments.

Reviewed by Venkatachala Mohan, MD; board-certified internal medicine with a subspecialty in gastroenterology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/26/2013

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