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Ascites vs. Anasarca

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Ascitesnoun

(medicine) An accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, frequently symptomatic of liver disease.

Anasarcanoun

(medicine) Severe generalised oedema.

Ascitesnoun

A collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the abdomen; dropsy of the peritoneum.

Anasarcanoun

Dropsy of the subcutaneous cellular tissue; an effusion of serum into the cellular substance, occasioning a soft, pale, inelastic swelling of the skin.

Ascitesnoun

accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity

Anasarcanoun

generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue

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Ascites

Ascites is the abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdomen. Technically, it is more than 25 ml of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, although volumes greater than one liter may occur.

Anasarca

Anasarca is a severe and generalized form of edema, with subcutaneous tissue swelling throughout the body. Unlike edema, which almost everyone will experience at some time and can be relatively benign, Anasarca is a pathological process reflecting a severe disease state and can involve the cavities of the body in addition to the tissues.

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