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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is ascites?

Ascites is a buildup of fluid in your lower abdomen. The fluid causes swelling. Ascites can signal a more serious problem in your body.

What causes ascites?

What are the signs and symptoms of ascites?

How is ascites diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. Tell him or her about your medical history and any medicines you take. He or she may ask about alcohol use, drug use, sexual activity, or blood transfusions you may have had. You may need any of the following:

How is ascites treated?

Ascites treatment usually combines medicines with changes to your nutrition. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How do I manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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