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Cirrhosis and ascites

Kevin Moore

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.152203

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Cirrhosis and ascites

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Case History—A 39 yr old man, known to have Wilson’s disease, now presenting with abdominal distension.

Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity: 75% of cases are associated with cirrhosis, but there are many other causes, of which the commonest are malignancy and cardiac failure. The occurrence of ascites in patients with cirrhosis is associated with a poor prognosis, with survival around 50% at 1 to 2 years....

Chapter.  8690 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gastroenterology

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