August 29, 2014
Hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and ascites had an increased risk for mortality when diagnostic paracentesis was delayed compared with patients who received early paracentesis, according to recently published results.
Data was collected from 239 patients (mean age, 53 years) with cirrhosis and ascites admitted to Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center (n=151) or Loma Linda University Medical Center (n=88). All were diagnosed with spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) less than 72 hours from their first physician encounter. Fifty-nine percent of patients underwent early paracentesis (EP), and the others underwent delayed paracentesis (DP).