Causes of Ascites Stomach Swelling, Abdominal Distention, Swollen Belly Symptoms for Treatment

Ascites is excessive fluid in your peritoneal cavity. This cavity is the lining between your abdominal wall and your stomach, small intestine, transverse colon, liver, spleen and gallbladder digestive organs.

Ascites is similar to edema. Difference is that fluid accumulates within the peritoneal cavity instead of your periphery.

A small amount of fluid in your cavity usually won’t produce symptoms. But an excess is known to cause stomach distention, swelling and discomfort.

Swollen belly ascites will likely cause you a varied combination of these symptoms:

Stomach swelling ascites is predominantly caused by cirrhosis, especially cases instigated by alcoholism or viral hepatitis. Further conditions that can be associated with abdominal distention ascites include:

Ascites tends to occur more frequently with chronic rather than acute primary conditions.

Fundamental treatment for your swollen belly ascites is bed rest, salt restricted diet and diuretics. Diuretics helps remove stomach swelling fluid.

If an infection is suspected, then antibiotics are started. Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis infection occasionally develops in ascitic fluid, and this infection can be fatal.

Also, treating the underlying cause for your abdominal distention ascites will be necessary. In some instances, fluid removal might be unavoidable if you are experiencing breathing or eating problems.

Restricting dietary salt can be a healthy prevention measure for some with recurrent ascites.