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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 25, 2009
  • 11:29 AM

I have some mild ascites, but only in the lower part of the abdomen, and most prominent when the bladder is full. I play some strenuous tennis 4 or 5 times a week, and it doesn't seem to bother me at all. Is this more indicative of cirrhosis, cancer or something else. I realize it is a very serious symptom.

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  • Okay, have you been diagnosed as having ascites based on direct examination and/or diagnostic studies performed? If so, your doctors should have begun the workup to determine the underlying cause. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 08:30 PM
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  • Thanks for your reply. But no I haven't been to a doctor yet, just trying to get some kind of idea on my own first. One other thing I did notice is two small collateral veins below the navel which seem to be flowing upwards. Isn't this an indication of inferior vena cave obstruction instead of portal hypertension, even though I do have a long career of beer drinking? I still play hard tennis and lift weights almost every day,and don't seem to be suffering from any other ill effects except for difficulty gaining weight, after dropping about 15 lbs over the past 10 years. I'm currently holding steady at about 138lbs (5'8"), but having to consume an awful lot of brown rice and beans to maintain that. Okay, have you been diagnosed as having ascites based on direct examination and/or diagnostic studies performed? If so, your doctors should have begun the workup to determine the underlying cause. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2009
    • 05:17 AM
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