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Ascites is an accumulation of fluid within the space between the lining of the abdomen and nearby organs. Ascites causes include:
The condition typically has been managed with diuretic medications that help the body eliminate excess water and salt, though this does not always work well. More recently, physicians have been implanting a pleurx catheter – a narrow tube that helps drain the excess fluid.
Dr. Kelvin Hong, an interventional radiologist with expertise in placing these catheters, will soon start a clinical trial for patients with ascites. The study will randomly assign patients to be treated with diuretics versus a catheter to compare outcomes.