APPROACH TO PATIENT WITH ASCITIES.. DEF. OF ASCITIES.. Ascites is defined as the accumulation of free fluid in the peritoneal cavity. . . TYPES OF ASCITIES.. Ascities is most often caused by liver cirrhosis which accounts for over 75% of patients while the remaining 25 % is due to malignancy (10%), heart failure (3%), pancreatitis (1%), TB (2%), or other rare causes. Broadly categorizing ascities can be:.1...Peritoneal ascities.2...Non peritoneal ascities..
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