Liver Pain

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Ascites

Ascites, an accumulation of fluid in the patient's peritoneal cavity, is a cause of liver pain.

Symptoms

Medical signs and symptoms of ascites may include:

Abdominal distension
Abdominal heaviness
Abdominal pressure
Bruising
Bulging flanks
Chronic fatigue
Exercise intolerance
Fluid wave (test)
Gynecomastia
Hemetemesis
Leg swelling
Mental changes
Portal hypertension
Shifting dullness
Shortness of breath
Weight loss
Wheezing

Please note that mild ascites in particular may not be extremely noticeable in some cases. Severe cases may be more apparent.



Causes

Ascites causes are diverse, but some may include:

Budd-Chiari syndrome
Cancer
Cirrhosis of the liver
Congestive heart failure
Constrictive pericarditis
Hepatic veno-occlusive disease
Hypoalbuminemia
Hypothyroidism
Kidney dialysis
Meigs syndrome
Nephrotic syndrome
Neoplasms
Pancreatitis
Peritoneal carcinomatosis
Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP)
Serositis (inflammation of serous tissue)
Tuberculosis (TB)
Vasculitis

Diagnosis and Treatment

In mild cases, ascites may not prove to be clinically detectable. Particular medical signs and tests are used in diagnosis, as well as differential diagnosis considerations.

Symptomatic ascites treatment is common in order to improve the patient's comfort. Restriction of sodium in the diet is one option. Based upon the underlying cause, the patient, and other factors, the treatment methods may vary.

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