Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

Definition: Acute infection of the ascitic fluid in a patient with liver disease without another source of infection Epidemiology: (Runyon 1988, Runyon 1988, Borzio 2001) Incidence 10-25% risk of at least one episode per year 20% risk in those with ascites admitted to the hospital Historically, mortality ~ 50% Pathophysiology: Not completely understood Increased portal systemic … Continue reading Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis