Is fluid buildup caused by the carcinoid tumors?

It sounds like you are describing ascites, the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity. This is not exclusive for carcinoid disease but can occur in many conditions such as cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, any widespread intra-abdominal cancers or various conditions compressing and blocking the lymph channels and/or large veins in the back of the abdominal cavity, as well as certain infections of the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity). The treatment and significance in each instance is different.

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