ASCITIC FLUID ANALYSIS
- Ascites is the accumulation of ascitic fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
- Many diseases can cause ascites, but the most common cause is portal hypertension, which is usually due to liver cirrhosis. Ascites does not typically become clinically detectable until there are at least 500mLs of fluid present.
- Typical clinical features of ascites include:
- Abdominal distension
- Abdominal discomfort
- Weight gain
- Shortness of breath
- Reduced appetite