Intervention Protocol

Surgical versus medical treatment of refractory ascites

  1. Sammy Saab1,*,
  2. Jose M Nieto2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group

Published Online: 21 JAN 2002

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003627


How to Cite

Saab S, Nieto JM. Surgical versus medical treatment of refractory ascites (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD003627. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003627.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California Los Angeles, Medicine and Surgery 44-138 CHS (MC 168417), Los Angeles, USA

  2. 2

    UCLA/Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

*Sammy Saab, Medicine and Surgery 44-138 CHS (MC 168417), University of California Los Angeles, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. Ssaab@mednet.ucla.edu.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 21 JAN 2002

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This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

The objective of this systematic review was to compare medical versus surgical treatment of ascites in regard to overall short and long-term mortality, effect on refractory ascites, and complications in patients with refractory ascites due to cirrhosis. Both cumulative and specific complications were studied. Medical treatment consisted of at least salt restriction and diuretic use. Surgical treatment consisted of using a peritoneovenous shunts or TIPS.