Treating the Ascites of Cirrhosis: Is Therapeutic Paracentesis Indicated?
Keywords:Cirrhosis, Ascites, Paracentesis
Although the ascites of cirrhosis has been treated traditionally with dietary sodium and fluid restriction in conjunction with diuretics, recent evidence suggests that therapeutic paracentesis is safe, effective, and shortens the duration of the hospital stay. This article presents a review of therapeutic paracentesis in cirrhotic patients reported in recent years.
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