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4. Cirrhosis and Ascites

Liver damage causes cirrhosis, and ascites usually occurs during the advanced stages of liver disease. Early signs of the condition can include rapid weight gain and a distended abdomen. Difficulty walking, breathing, and eating can occur with fluid buildup around the lungs. Swollen ankles are a common issue. Some people with cirrhosis and ascites also develop inguinal or umbilical hernias.

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