The 2 Minute Update — paracentesis

Does paracentesis timing matter?

hospital guidelines Hospital medicine journal review journal study mortality outcome paracentesis

Paracentesis is recommended in patients with cirrhosis and ascites, but timing is not addressed. This study shows that early paracentesis - in the first 24 hours of admission - saves lives and prevents readmissions, especially in patients with encephalopathy of AKI. 

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