Ascites

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Abstract

A CPD article reminded Lucy Ward of the causes and effects of ascites and the holistic care required for these patients

Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. It can be caused by liver disease, tuberculosis, peritoneal infection, pancreatic disease and malignancies. In the emergency assessment unit where I work, many patients are admitted with ascites, mainly as a result of chronic liver disease or malignancy.

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