As today we have had a poster talking about ascites - this paper I fell across seemed topical.
Myxedema Ascites: A Rare Presentation of Uncontrolled Hypothyroidism
Sameen Khalid , FNU Asad-Ur-Rahman , Aamer Abbass , Dwayne Gordon , Khalid Abusaada
Published: December 05, 2016 (see history)
Cite this article as: Khalid S, Asad-ur-rahman F, Abbass A, et al. (December 05, 2016) Myxedema Ascites: A Rare Presentation of Uncontrolled Hypothyroidism. Cureus 8(12): e912. doi:10.7759/cureus.912
Less than four percent of patients with hypothyroidism develop ascites. Ascites as the presenting feature of hypothyroidism is uncommon, hence diagnosis is often delayed. Once it is diagnosed, treatment of hypothyroidism leads to quick clinical improvement in ascites. We report a case of a female patient who presented with ascites secondary to severe hypothyroidism and discuss the diagnostic characteristics of the ascitic fluid in myxedema ascites on the basis of literature review.