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2. Symptoms

In the early stages, an individual may not exhibit any symptoms of ascites, but as the fluid accumulates, a distended abdomen is often the first indicator, accompanied by pain and bloating. As the abdominal fluid builds, it pushes against the diaphragm and fills up the area surrounding the lungs, causing shortness of breath. Some people experience back pain and may develop constipation or bladder urgency. Excessive bruising, bleeding, and loss of appetite are also common.

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