Leroy Shear, M.D.; Santiago Ching, M.D.; George J. Gabuzda, M.D.
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Rates of ascitic fluid absorption and edema mobilization were measured in patients with hepatic cirrhosis who were undergoing spontaneous or drug-induced diuresis. Ascites absorption rate was determined from the difference between two separate measurements of ascites volume. This was compared with the simultaneous rate of weight loss, which approximated total body fluid loss over the relatively short time intervals utilized. Ascites volume was determined from dilution of intraperitoneally injected radioactive iodinated serum albumin. Repeated measurements in eight patients with stable body weight demonstrated the method was accurate to ±2%. During spontaneous diuresis in seven patients, ascites absorption averaged 202 ml/24
Shear L, Ching S, Gabuzda GJ. Kinetics of Ascites and Edema Mobilization.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:1071. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1071_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1071.
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