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Pulmonary Hypertension

Swollen Stomach



My dad has had pulmonary hypertension now for three and a half years. He is now more tired than not and his stomach, when he sits up, looks like it is an inner tube around him. When he lies down he looks like he is nine months pregnant.

What is causing this fluid buildup in the stomach and what does it mean for him health wise? Thank you.


Pulmonary Hypertension, which is increased pressures in the vessels in the lung, puts strain on the right side of the heart. As the disease progresses, the right side of heart may start to fail and patients then develop leg swelling and fluid build up in their belly.
You do not state what is the cause of his pulmonary hypertension. I would encourage him to discuss his symptoms and treatment options with his physician. 

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Response by:

Namita   Sood, MD, FCCP Namita Sood, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University