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Abdominal Ascites

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Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the membrane (mesothelium) that lines your abdominal area (the peritoneum). One of the first symptoms may be trouble breathing, which can be related to swelling and fluid retention (abdominal ascites) in the abdominal area, usually within the peritoneum.

Abdominal ascites can be a symptom of other diseases, including liver malfunction, so it's critical to have a physician who is experienced and knowledgeable about lung cancer and mesothelioma to help you sort out the true cause of this symptom.

Ascites–abdominal surgery

Ascites may need abdominal surgery to drain it, depending on how severe it is. This is referred to as ascites abdominal surgery. Since abdominal ascites can be a symptom of cancer, infection, or liver disease, talk to your doctor if you experience sudden bloating or fullness in your abdomen. Be sure your doctor knows if you've had any potential asbestos exposure because ascites requiring abdominal surgery can be an early sign of peritoneal mesothelioma cancer.

Abdominal ascites treatment

Your doctor will run special tests to determine the cause and then select the abdominal ascites treatment that fits your circumstances. Whether your diagnosis is mesothelioma or some other cause, the treatments will be similar. The doctor will either prescribe a diuretic drug (lasix or other), or insert a drain in a small opening made in your abdomen (often an outpatient procedure), or possibly your situation may require placing a permanent shunt to drain fluid (a more complex procedure). Only your doctor can prescribe the right abdominal ascites treatment for your specific condition.

If after you receive your abdominal ascites treatment you are diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma cancer, you should immediately contact an attorney who understands your legal rights and, if warranted, can pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit on your behalf. Review this site further to learn more about your mesothelioma legal rights. Don't hesitate to email us at, or call us to speak with someone in person at 800.443.6353.