What are the goals of drug treatment for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP)?

Updated: Nov 26, 2018
  • Author: Thomas E Green, DO, MPH, MMM, CPE, FACEP, FACOEP; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy in patients with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications. Antibiotics are initially chosen empirically, as these patients may die from overwhelming infection if treatment is delayed until culture results become available. [4]


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