Monthly Archives: February 2009

Right-side Heart Failure and Ascites

Fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity (around the organs) is called "ascites".  The old-timey name for it was "dropsy".  Right-sided heart failure can certainly cause it.  There are other things that can cause it, as well.  Cancerous growths in the abdomen can secrete fluid.   The first sign of my mother's ovarian cancer was the fluid […]