What is the role of diuretic therapy in the inpatient treatment of ascites and cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Aggressive diuretic therapy in hospitalized patients with massive ascites can safely induce a weight loss of 0.5-1kg daily, provided that patients undergo careful monitoring of renal function. Diuretic therapy should be held in the event of electrolyte disturbances, azotemia, or induction of hepatic encephalopathy.

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