Changes in Ascitic Fluid Polymorphonuclear Cell Counts Impact Mortality in Patients With Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

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Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Jul 14:S1542-3565(21)00750-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2021.07.019. Online ahead of print.


Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a feared complication of ascites that affects 10%-30% of hospitalized patients with cirrhosis with an associated mortality rate of approximately 20%.1-3 Although efforts have been undertaken to encourage prompt evaluation and treatment of SBP, outcomes have generally remained dismal.3 There is significant interest in identifying factors that can reliably predict mortality among individuals with SBP.

PMID:34273564 | DOI:10.1016/j.cgh.2021.07.019

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