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BACKGROUND Cirrhotic patients with ascites are prone to develop various infectious diseases. This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence and effect of major infectious diseases on the mortality of cirrhotic patients with ascites. METHODS We reviewed de-identified patient data from the National Health Insurance Database, derived from the Taiwan National(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between osteonecrosis of the femoral head (OFH) and liver cirrhosis is controversial. The aim of this study was to determine whether liver cirrhosis is associated with the occurrence of OFH. METHODS We used the National Health Insurance Database, derived from the Taiwan National Health Insurance program. The study cohort(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The effects of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on the mortality of patients with cirrhosis and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) have not been determined. METHODS We collected data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Database on 2592 patients with cirrhosis who were hospitalized with SBP from January 1 to December 31, 2004.(More)
Kidney is an important organ to clear neurotoxic substance in circulation. However, it is still unknown about the effect of renal function impairment (RFI) on the mortality of cirrhotic patients with hepatic encephalopathy (HE). We used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database to identify 4932 cirrhotic patients with HE, hospitalized between January 1,(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS End stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are prone to have bleeding due to uremic platelet dysfunction. However, it is still unknown if ESRD is a risk factor for the mortality of cirrhotic patients with esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB). METHODOLOGY The National Health Insurance Database, derived from the Taiwan National Health Insurance(More)
BACKGROUND We noted only rare reports of cirrhotic patients with bacterial endocarditis (BE). There is insufficient data on the risk of BE in liver cirrhosis. This is the first national population-based study evaluating the risk of BE in cirrhotic patients. METHODS We used the National Health Insurance Database, which is derived from the Taiwan National(More)
Ascites, hepatic encephalopathy (HE), and esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB) are 3 major complications in patients with cirrhosis. Limited data exist with which to evaluate the long-term mortality of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in cirrhotic patients with or without complications.The National Health Insurance Database in Taiwan was used to identify(More)