Early events in spontaneous bacterial peritonitis

Runyon, B. A.
June 2004
Gut;Jun2004, Vol. 53 Issue 6, p782
Academic Journal
The database regarding spontaneous bacterial peritonitis has increased dramatically in the past 33 years since this phrase was first coined by the researcher Harold Conn. In the remote past this easily treatable cause of deterioration of patients with advanced cirrhosis was underdiagnosed and undertreated. This undoubtedly led to many unnecessary deaths, which were probably viewed as mysterious at the time. If the ability of the ascitic fluid to assist macrophages and neutrophils in killing the errant bacteria is deficient, uncontrolled growth occurs.


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