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Why do patients with liver disease develop ascites and edema?

Ascites and Edema In patients with chronic diseases of the liver, fibrosis (scarring) of the liver often occurs. When the scarring becomes advanced, the condition is called cirrhosis of the liver. Ascites is excessive fluid that accumulates in the abdominal (peritoneal) cavity. It is a complication of cirrhosis and appears as an abdominal bulge. The…

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Is there still a need for albumin infusions to treat patients with liver disease?

Albumin Infusions The course of patients with cirrhosis is frequently complicated by derangement of body fluid homeostasis which results in accumulation of large amounts of extracellular fluid in the peritoneal cavity and interstitial tissue. Investigations performed in the 1940s proposed that the formation of ascites and oedema was related to an imbalance in Starling’s equilibrium…

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