August 27, 2016
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Ascites (cont.)

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What is the outlook (prognosis) for ascites?

The outlook for patients with ascites primarily depends on its underlying cause and severity.

In general, the prognosis of malignant ascites is poor. Most cases have a mean survival time between 20 to 58 weeks, depending on the type of malignancy as shown by a group of investigators.

Ascites due to cirrhosis usually is a sign of advanced liver disease and it usually has a fair prognosis.

Ascites due to heart failure has a better prognosis as the patient may live years with appropriate treatments.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCES:

"Evaluation of adults with ascites"
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/ascites/article.htm

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