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Celestine 05-07-2006 10:34 PM

Draining Ascites
 
I'm pretty new to all of this stuff but in the last month my dad has been diagnosed with Hep C and Cirrosis. He is suffering right now from severe swelling in his gut. He is extremely uncomfortable, can't eat much and feels absolutely awful. Is there a reason why the docs are refusing to drain the fluid? They gave him some water pills to try and get it to go away but they don't seem to be doing anything. Can't they just drain it out or is there something I'm missing with it?

Mari526 05-19-2006 08:22 PM

Re: Draining Ascites
 
[QUOTE=Celestine]I'm pretty new to all of this stuff but in the last month my dad has been diagnosed with Hep C and Cirrosis. He is suffering right now from severe swelling in his gut. He is extremely uncomfortable, can't eat much and feels absolutely awful. Is there a reason why the docs are refusing to drain the fluid? They gave him some water pills to try and get it to go away but they don't seem to be doing anything. Can't they just drain it out or is there something I'm missing with it?[/QUOTE]

Celestine,
You're right often times they do drain ascites especially if it's causing that much discomfort. I would say if it hasn't responded to the water pills and your dad is still feeling bad then I would have him evaluated and treated at the ER.


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