Tumores Hepáticos 2012
Ascites is the most common of the three major complications of cirrhosis, the other complications being hepatic encephalopathy and variceal hemor- rhage.1 Cirrhosis is the most common cause of ascites in the United States.2 Development of ascites may be the first evidence of the presence of cirrhosis. Obesity makes the physical examination less helpful in detect- ing ascites.3 Imaging may provide the first evidence of the presence of ascites. Patients with ascites are fre- quently admitted to hospitals. Effective care of these patients can reduce the frequency of these readmis- sions. This version of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Practice Guideline is the fourth iteration of this guideline and represents a thor- ough update of the 2009 version.