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Ascites: overview

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Mo Kemp

Lisa Whitfield

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Definition

  • Edema is defined as an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitial spaces of tissues or in body cavities.
  • Excessive fluid in the abdominal cavity is referred to as ascites.
  • Ascites is a rare presentation in cattle.
    • Milne and others (2001) reported that from a population of 1863 cattle suspected to be suffering from incurable conditions referred to a University Clinic signs of ascites were observed in only 9 cases.  Of the 1863 case,119 cases had either primary or secondary cardiac disease but only 8 of these presented or were diagnosed with ascites (6.7%).

Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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Disease conditions that can present with ascites

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Investigations to deterimine cause of ascites

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Prognosis

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Differential diagnosis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource
  • Braun U (2016) Ascites in cattle: Ultrasonographic findings and diagnosis. Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract 32 (1), 55-83 PubMed.
  • Milne M H, Mellor D J, Barrett D C & Fitzpatrick J L (2001) Observations on ascites in nine cattle. Vet Rec 148 (11), 341-344 PubMed.
  • Hill B D, Gaul K L & Noble J W (1997) Poisoning of feedlot cattle by seeds of Heliotropium europaeum. Aus Vet J 75 (5), 360-361 PubMed.
  • Rosiles M R, Aguilar A & Ramirez L (1997) Selenium deficiency in a herd of cattle suffering from altitude sickness in Ixtlahuaca, Mexico State. Veterinara Mexico 28 (1), 55-57 GeoScience.
  • Forouzandeh B, Konicek F & Sheagren J N (1996) Large-volume paracentesis in the treatment of cirrhotic patients with refractory ascites. The role of postparacentesis plasma volume expansion. J Clin Gastroenterol 22 (3), 207-210 PubMed.
  • Kubasiewicz L & Butowska M (1996) Congenital abnormalities in cattle in the Zameczek area (Poland) in 1986-1989. Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Rolniczej w Szczecinie, Zootechnika 33, 39-49 VetMedResource.
  • Michell A R (1996) Oedema in cattle - causes and clinical implications. In Pract 18 (5), 232-233 VetMedResource.
  • Abbitt B, Fiske R A, Craig T M & Bitter J W (1995) Scrotal hydrocele secondary to ascites in 28 bulls. JAVMA 207 (6), 753-756 PubMed.
  • Braun U, Pusterla N & Wild J (1995) Ultrasonographic findings in 11 cows with hepatic abscess. Vet Rec 137 (12), 284-290 PubMed.
  • Garcia-Tsao G (1995) Cirrhotic ascites: pathogenesis and management. Gastroenterologist 3 (1), 41-54 PubMed.
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Other sources of information

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