Read about anasarca medical facts: what is the definition of anasarca, what are the signs and symptoms, medical treatment & how to treat anasarca, information about the causes, diagnosis, and related anasarca diseases.

Definition: What is "Anasarca"?


Anasarca, also called Swelling is the enlargement of skin, organs or other body parts. It is caused by build up of liquid in the tissues. The extra fluid can advance to a quick upsurge in weight over a short period of time. Anasarca can occur throughout the body or only in a definite part of the body.

Symptoms & Signs

Symptoms of Anasarca is the following: swelling or puffiness of the tissue under your skin, stretched or shiny skin, skin that retains a dimple after being pressed for several seconds, increased abdominal size.

Treatment: How to Treat "Anasarca"?

Medication involves taking treatments to increase kidneys' output of water & sodium. Diuretics often used to cure edema include thiazide diuretics & furosemide.


Causes are too much salt or sodium, burns, sunburn, poor nutrition, too little albumin in the blood, pregnancy, chronic kidney disease, heart failure, liver failure from cirrhosis, thyroid diseases & drugs including androgenic & anabolic steroids, corticosteroids such as prednisone, estrogen & certain blood pressure medicines.


The doctor will make a physical exam. If the doctor doubts an underlying medical state as the cause of anasarca, he or she may recommend some tests like chest X-ray, urine tests or blood tests, to identify the condition.

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