Low-protein-concentration ascitic fluid is predisposed to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.

@article{Runyon1986LowproteinconcentrationAF,
  title={Low-protein-concentration ascitic fluid is predisposed to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.},
  author={Bruce Allen Runyon},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={1986},
  volume={91 6},
  pages={1343-6}
}
To assess the risk of development of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in relation to the ascitic fluid total protein concentration, routine admission abdominal paracentesis was performed on a group of 107 patients during 125 hospitalizations. The paracentesis was repeated if evidence of peritonitis developed during hospitalization. Twenty-one episodes of spontaneous peritonitis (or its culture-negative variant) were documented in 17 patients. The ascitic fluid protein concentration in the… CONTINUE READING

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