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AIM To evaluate the accuracy of spot urinary Na/K and Na/creatinine (Cr) ratios as an alternative to 24-h urinary sodium in monitoring dietary compliance in patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites treated with diuretics. METHODS The study was carried on 40 patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites treated with diuretic therapy. Patients were divided(More)
Some patients with ascites due to liver cirrhosis become no longer responsive to diuretics. Once other causes of ascites such as portal vein thrombosis, malignancy or infection and non-compliance with medications and low sodium diet have been excluded, the diagnosis of refractory ascites can be made based on strict criteria. Patients with refractory ascites(More)
Hepatotoxic effects attributable to antituberculosis therapy are considered unique among drug-related liver problems because almost all first-line antituberculosis medications have such adverse effects, which vary in severity according to the drug and the regimen. In addition, all regimens for the treatment of active tuberculosis include a combination of(More)
BACKGROUND Methods based on spot urine samples (a single sample at one time-point) have been identified as a possible alternative approach to 24-hour urine samples for determining mean population salt intake. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to identify a reliable method for estimating mean population salt intake from spot urine samples. This will be(More)
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