Bottom line: AASLD guideline recommends sodium restriction and diuretics as first-line therapy for treating ascites in patients with cirrhosis.
Summary: Ascites topic in DynaMed; under Treatment overview, click on diuretic therapy.
Includes recommendations from AASLD guideline on management of patients with ascites from cirrhosis. Recommendations are based on case reports and expert opinion.
DynaMed also includes summary and review of data from studies of spironolactone and furosemide in achieving dieresis or resolving ascites. Studies are mostly unblinded randomized trials.