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Ascites was posted 07/31/2000 08:21 pm by Debbie from San Diego
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My father had very pronounced ascites. It caused a lot of discomfort because it pushed all his organs up, and he had difficulty breathing deeply, or finding a comfortable position to lay in. He looked 7 months pregnant. We kept measuring it, and when his dirth increased by 3 inches in a couple days, I requested (strenuously) that they drain it. They did, and took four liters!! They also installed a port catheter in his chest (which did come in handy). The next day he had chemo, the day after, he had a blood transfusion. His liver was full of cancer, so the cause may have been liver dysfuntion. The doctor said that all the cancers irritate the organs of the abdomen causing the secretion of fluid. Because so many of the organs are impaired, this fluid is not absorbed and excreted normally, so it just collects. The fluid quickly came back in my dad, and although they was a slight difference, they went ahead and scheduled another fluid tapping a week later. Unfortunately, he got a massive bacterial infection, and died suddenly on the weekend. I keep wondering if he got the infection from the stomache tap, the chemo, the blood transfusion, or simply from the normal bacteria that floats around in every human body. I know now, that I would be more cautious about ANY procedure. Given the fact that my dad was on chemo, he had no defense against any infection. Who knows, maybe he would still be alive...? My best to you.

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