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Is there a procedure that can be done to relieve the

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abdominal swelling and discomfort, and...
Is there a procedure that can be done to relieve the abdominal swelling and discomfort, and the difficult breathing associated with liver disease
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Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
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If this is ascites [fluid in the abdomen] when things get tight enough the procedure is called paracentesis, a needle is put in to drain off the fluid.
This is only when absolutely necessary as the procedure is mildly invasive, but can be done with an internist of GI doc.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
This has been done and they wont do it again. I'm afraid he's going to die. Is there a shunt or something can be done
Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
The is an internal procedure called TIPS
A good review indicated that this procedure, minimally invasive, had a better result in patients with cirrhotic liver disease than paracentisis. You can ask about this proceudure.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

His problems all stems from various tattoos while incarcerated

Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
The TIPs procedure is sort of an internal shunt that takes pressure off of the liver.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Would you suggesst this procedure for my brother., Time is of the essense
Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
This is a standard precedure in cirrhosis with ascitis and there are many docs who do it. You should be able to arrange it unless the docs have some reason not to do it.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thank for you input, What type of dr do we need to consult. internal med, urology or what
Doctor: DrRussMD, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
Internal medicine
Or, directly to a sub-specialist in internal medicine...hematologist.
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