Ascites in Cirrhosis
  • Melissa Corson
  • Lisa M. Najarian
  • Sammy Saab


Ascites is often the index presentation of decompensation in patients with cirrhosis. The presence of ascites is an important cause of morbidity and mortality as well as healthcare utilization. The treatment of ascites revolves around the combination of lifestyle changes, diuretic therapy, and, in severe cases, more invasive techniques. In this chapter, we describe the evaluation and management of a patient with new-onset ascites. We also highlight the differential diagnosis of ascites.


Ascites Cirrhosis Management 



The authors of this manuscript have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Corson
    • 1
  • Lisa M. Najarian
    • 2
  • Sammy Saab
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of MedicineUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Departments of SurgeryUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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