Pediatric Ascites

Pediatric Ascites



Pediatric ascites occurs when fluid builds up in the abdomen, which leads to swelling.

Expanded Overview

Pediatric ascites is an accumulation of fluid between the lining of the abdomen and abdominal organs. In children, liver, kidney and heart disorders are the most common causes.



  • Appearance of prominent veins under the abdomen skin
  • Decreased appetite
  • Protruding abdomen (tummy)
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Shiny, tense skin over the protruding abdomen
  • Shortness of breath if fluid leads into the chest
  • Stomach pain

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