What is the effectiveness of aggressive diuretic therapy in the treatment of 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 is ineffective in controlling ascites in approximately 5-10% of patients. Such patients with massive ascites may need to undergo large-volume paracentesis to obtain relief from symptoms of abdominal discomfort, anorexia, or dyspnea. The procedure also may help to reduce the risk of umbilical hernia rupture.


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