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Ascites (cont.)

Outlook (Prognosis)

Alcohol abuse is the most easily treated cause of ascites and has the best outcome. Still, for those patients who develop ascites from cirrhosis, half will die within three years. If refractory ascites occurs, the mortality rate at one year is 50%.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine


Runyon, BA. "AASLD Practice Guidelines. Management of Adult Patients with Ascites Due to Cirrhosis: An Update." Hepatology, Vol. 49, No. 6, 2009

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2015

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