Peritoneal fluid cultures rarely alter management in patients with ascites.
J Emerg Med. 2011 Jan;40(1):21-4
Authors: Chinnock B, Gomez R, Hendey GW
The objective of this study is to determine if the peritoneal fluid culture results in the ascites patient being evaluated for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) in the Emergency Department (ED) are used by the inpatient physician to appropriately alter empiric antibiotic treatment.
PMID: 18814999 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]