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Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Ascites ( /əˈsaɪtiːz/, ə-SYE-teez, from Greek askites, “baglike”) is a gastroenterological term for an accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. The medical condition is also known as peritoneal cavity fluid, peritoneal fluid excess, hydroperitoneum or more archaically as abdominal dropsy. Although most commonly due to cirrhosis and severe liver disease, its presence can portend […]