Ascites Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Ascites below.


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How to Diagnose Ascites

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:

  • Ultrasound -a test that uses sound waves to examine the abdominal cavity
  • CT scan -a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the abdominal cavity
  • MRI scan -a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the abdominal cavity
  • Laparoscopy -a thin, lighted tube inserted through a small incision in the abdomen to look at the structures inside the abdominal cavity
  • Blood tests-to determine liver and kidney function as well as evidence of other problems that may lead to ascites
  • Liver biopsy -removal of a sample of liver tissue for testing
  • Angiography -x-rays taken after a dye is injected into the arteries to better view the area being examined
  • Abdominal paracentesis -removal and testing of fluid from the abdominal cavity


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