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Question:

A few questions about ascites:

1) Would sweating help reduce the ascites? i.e. a sauna or exercising?

2) I can hear and feel fluid in my stomach when I move it around (almost in a belly dancer type motion).

Is this normal?

John

Answer:

Dear John,

Ascites is the presence of excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity.

Exercise helps reduce water weight through sweating and increased respiration

The effect of Intraperitoneal (IP) fluid on respiration is somewhat unclear and the clinical data are often difficult to interpret.

The treatment of ascites depends on its cause.

Ascites due to peritoneal inflammation or malignancy alone does not respond to salt restriction and diuretics.

A common complaint in patients with ascites is the feeling of progressive abdominal heaviness or fullness and the feeling of fluid "sloshing" back in place.


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