Mastro Adamo, the Counterfeiter of Coins, had cirrhosis as described in Dante's Inferno (13th century Florence)

Published: 10 February 2017
Author(s): R. Bianucci, A. Perciaccante, P. Charlier, O. Appenzeller, D. Lippi

Ascites, the accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity, occurs in many clinical settings such as congestive heart failure, chronic liver disease, nephrotic syndrome, malnutrition with hypo-albuminemia and many more. A frequent cause is chronic inflammation of the liver and long-standing alcohol abuse. Patients with hepatitis B and C are at higher risk of developing ascites [1].