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Peripheral Edema and Ascites: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 So let's wrap up this part of the video series.

    00:03 Patients with liver disease are at risk for hypoalbuminemia.

    00:08 That contributes to edema and ascites.

    00:11 Peripheral edema is the accumulation of fluid that causes swelling in the tissues that are perfused by the peripheral vascular system.

    00:19 Remember arms and legs.

    00:22 Ascites is an excess or pathological accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal or peritoneal cavity.

    00:30 Patients with ascites will have severe abdominal distension and weight gain.

    00:35 Three of the causes of ascites include increased lymph production, portal hypertension, and damage to the hepatocyte.

    00:45 Approximately 50% of chronic cirrhotic patients will develop ascites within 10 years of a diagnosis of cirrhosis.

    00:53 Thank you for watching this video with us.


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    The lecture Peripheral Edema and Ascites: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Liver Cirrhosis (Nursing).


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    1. Peripheral edema commonly occurs in the lower extremities
    2. 50% of clients with liver cirrhosis develop ascites within ten years of diagnosis
    3. Clients that have ascites will have abdominal distention and weight loss
    4. Ascites is caused by decreased lymph production, portal hypertension, and inflammation
    5. Hyperalbuminemia contributes to edema and ascites

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     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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