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This ultrasound of the upper abdomen shows a large amount of fluid (ascites) surrounding the liver. The ascitic fluid is black. Within the liver the hepatic veins are visible. There are many causes of ascites including cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, hypoproteinemia, fluid overload, cancer and peritonitis.
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