This is a side effect or complication that occurs when a patient is suffering from Cirrhosis. Cirrhotic Ascites refers to the retention of fluid in the abdomen’s cavity which is known as the Ascites. It may also be caused due to viral hepatitis and excessive alcohol consumption. It may further cause the blood pressure to rise in an abnormal manner.
HOW IS CIRRHOTIC ASCITES DIAGNOSED?
Cirrhotic Ascites may be diagnosed by the doctor on physical examination but is usually confirmed by tests such as ultrasound or CT scan of the abdomen. In the majority of patients, the doctor will recommend that a small needle is inserted through the abdominal wall to remove fluid to be examined in the laboratory which is called Paracentesis test.
HOW IS CIRRHOTIC ASCITES TREATED?
The Gastroenterologist will prescribe medication tlike spironolactone and furosemide which are basically diuretics. These will help in removing the excess water. Further, a low sodium diet and abstinence from smoking and drinking will be recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
In patients with known advanced liver disease and cirrhosis of any cause, avoidance of alcohol intake can markedly reduce the risk of forming ascites