Bacterial infection in cirrhotic patients and its relationship with alcohol

  title={Bacterial infection in cirrhotic patients and its relationship with alcohol},
  author={Heitor Rosa and Am{\'e}rico de Oliveira Silv{\'e}rio and Rafael F. Perini and Cl{\'a}udia B Arruda},
  journal={American Journal of Gastroenterology},
OBJECTIVE:Infections are regarded as a major complication and an important cause of death in cirrhotics. Alcohol is a predisposing factor to infections in such patients. This study was undertaken to compare the frequency and evolution of bacterial infection among alcoholic and nonalcoholic cirrhotics.METHODS:To observe this relationship, we retrospectively studied a cohort of 382 cirrhotic inpatients, 201 of whom were alcoholic (alcohol intake ≥80 g/day for ≥10 yr) and 181 of whom were… CONTINUE READING


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