JEROME G. PORUSH, M.D.; SHYAN-YIH CHOU, M.D.
To the editor: In their recent article Arroyo and associates (1) showed in patients with nonazotemic cirrhosis and ascites that those with elevated plasma renin activity and plasma aldosterone and decreased urinary sodium excretion had a significantly lower survival rate during the first 2 years after initial observation (with most of the deaths occurring during the first 10 months) than patients with normal plasma renin activity and aldosterone and relatively high sodium excretion. On the basis of these findings the authors suggested that their patients could be divided into two groups and that elevated plasma renin activity was a marker
PORUSH JG, CHOU S. Cirrhosis, Renin, and Aldosterone. Ann Intern Med. ;95:120–121. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-1-120
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(1):120-121.
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