Ascites is one of the frequently encountered problems in internal medicine. Common causes of ascites are portal hypertension including cirrhosis of liver and congestive heart failure, hypoalbuminemia associated with nephrotic syndrome, intra-abdominal malignancy and abdominal tuberculosis. We evaluated 43 patients presented with ascites in Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital (NMCTH). After history taking, clinical examination, imaging studies and laboratory evaluation alcoholic liver disease and abdominal tuberculosis were diagnosed in 19 and 5 patients restively. Constrictive pericarditis was diagnosed in 2 patients and 2 patients were suffering from HCV related liver disease. Present study revealed alcoholic liver disease as the commonest cause of ascites.
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jun 2012|