Treating the Ascites of Cirrhosis: Is Therapeutic Paracentesis Indicated?

  • A Rab Chowdhury Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Keywords: Cirrhosis, Ascites, Paracentesis

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/22-1-13531

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.

Author Biography

A Rab Chowdhury, Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Department of Medicine, Pennsylvania State
University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania

M.D., F.A.C.P.

Published
1990-01-01
Section
Review Articles