A simple method for ascites concentration and reinfusion

Mauro Borzio, Marco Romagnoni, Giuseppe Sorgato, Savino Bruno, Franco Borzio, Vilma Tarasco, Ciro Tetta, Renato Litta Modignani

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A rapid and simple method for ascites concentration and reinfusion was utilized to treat 103 episodes of tense ascites in 57 patients (38 men and 19 women, mean age 63±11 years). After a bedside total paracentesis, 6.06±2.87 liters of ascites were separately ultrafiltrated using a mechanical device during a mean interval of 134±88 min, and 430±368 ml of concentrate containing 39±42 g of albumin were restituted at bedside either intravenously (44 cases) or intraperitoneally (59 cases). Ultrafiltration was successfully and easily completed in all cases. Ascites concentration and reinfusion either intravenously or intraperitoneally did not adversely modify hemodynamic or renal parameters except for a transient decrease in mean arterial pressure (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-1059
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1995


  • ascites
  • ascites ultrafiltration
  • cirrhosis
  • hemofilter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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