Which assessment finding would indicate that a patient's ascites is improving?


• Increased urine output indicates that the ascitic fluid is being absorbed into the circulation and then excreted

• Peripheral edema should decrease as ascites resolves

• Ascites, the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, increases abdominal girth and can also inhibit the movement of the diaphragm, resulting in difficulty breathing. As it resolves, breathing eases

• Abdominal skin should become less shiny

• Lower fluid volume should cause the pulse rate to slow, not to increase

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