In chronic liver disease, the liver is scarred and damaged thus it can not function as normal as it should. One of the complications of this condition is excessive water retention build-up in the body. Abdominal fluid retention or ascites occurs mostly in patients with cirrhosis of the liver, although other liver disorders can cause it too. Abdominal fluid retention may be accompanied by swelling in the ankles. There’re two main factors or causes of fluid retention in patients with chronic liver disease:
- Liver is the largest glandular organ in our body. It serves several roles in our digestive, circulatory and excretory system. Overall, the liver performs about 500 vital functions and produces over 1,000 essential substances needed by our body. Moreover, we can only live up to 24 hours without the liver function. Failure of the liver to function properly is one of the causes of excessive water retention in legs and abdominal.
- There’re many conditions and problems which lead to water retention from hormonal, physic, diseases to body disorders. Here is a list of what causes water retention / swelling / edema. Arthritis Arthritis often causes pain and swelling in the affected joint. It can affect any joints in our body from hip, heel, spine, shoulder, knee to our big toe. The swelling is usually localized in the affected area only.