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n. pl. ascites
An abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity.

[Middle English aschites, from Late Latin ascītēs, from Greek askītēs, from askos, belly, wineskin.]

as·cit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.ascitic - of or relating to or resulting from an abnormal accumulation of protein and electrolyte rich fluid in the peritoneal cavityascitic - of or relating to or resulting from an abnormal accumulation of protein and electrolyte rich fluid in the peritoneal cavity
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Ascitic fluid analysis revealed exudative ascites, gram stain and culture negative.
Patients were subjected to laboratory investigations i.e, complete blood count, liver function tests, serum albumin, prothrombin time and viral profile (HBsAg, anti HCV), diagnostic tap of the ascitic fluid under aseptic measures, ascitic fluid analysis: cell type, cell count, sugar and ascitic albumin.
Intraperitoneal pressure: ascitic fluid and splanchnic vascular pressures, and their role in prevention and formation of ascites.
Mortality rate of patients who underwent paracentesis at admission was lower than the patients who did not have ascitic fluid analysis (6.3% vs 8.9%) highlighting the possibility of missing the diagnosis of SBP.4 Another study concluded that each hour delay in paracentesis of admitted patients of cirrhosis related ascites, increases mortality by 3.3%.5 Diagnosis of SBP is based on absolute neutrophil count in ascitic fluid and count above 250/mm3 is considered diagnostic for SBP.
To study the diagnostic significance of estimating lactate dehydrogenase in ascitic and pleural fluid.
It is reported that the quality of patients' ascites caused by peritoneal carcinomatosis is distinct with positive cytology, high ascitic protein levels, and low serum-ascites albumin gradient [3, 18, 19].
In our study, SBP was defined as having [greater than or equal to] 250 neutrophils/[micro]L in the ascitic fluid acquired during the peritoneal tap.
Paracentesis removed 4.41 of ascitic fluid with serum ascitic albumin gradient (SAAG) over 1.1, suggesting portal hypertension.
Special stains on tissue sections and ascitic fluid stain revealed rare acid-fast bacilli, suggestive of mycobacterial granulomatous peritonitis.