Richard W. McCallum, M.D.; Noel Curry, M.B.; Paul H. Guth, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Spontaneous peritonitis in cirrhosis has a reported prevalence of 3%. The recognition of six cases of spontaneous peritonitis over a 4-month period prompted a review of cases. In the decade beginning January 1963, 15 cases were diagnosed among approximately 4000 admissions for cirrhosis.
The cause of cirrhotic ascites was Laënnec's cirrhosis in 13 patients and chronic active hepatitis in 2 patients. One patient was female; the patients' ages ranged from 33 to 62 years. Clinical presentations were fever and acute abdominal pain in eight cases, abdominal pain and shock in two, and chronic abdominal pain with either fever, increasing hepatic
McCallum RW, Curry N, Guth PH. Spontaneous Peritonitis in Cirrhotic Ascites: A Decade of Experience.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:816. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-816_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):816.
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