The International Ascites Club listed criteria for grading the severity of ascites associated with cirrhosis.
Features of the Ascites
requires ultrasound for diagnosis
marked and/or tense abdominal distention
The ascites is considered complicated if the patient has one or both of the following:
(1) infection of the ascites fluid
(2) hepatorenal syndrome
The ascites is termed uncomplicated if neither is present.
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Purpose: To evaluate a patient for ascites using criteria of the International Ascites Club.
Objective: severity, prognosis, stage