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Dr. Fadi Francis gives a talk on Ascites and Hepatorenal syndrome; focusing mainly on management strategies for both syndromes.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve refractory ascites management
  • Improve diagnostic skills in the management of ascites
  • Provide adequate outpatient follow up for patients with ascites after hospital discharge to prevent recurrent admissions

Reading Resources:

  2. Management of Adult Patients with Ascites Due to Cirrhosis: Update 2012. Bruce A. Runyon, M.D. Hepatology February 2013.
  3. Up to Date. Management of ascites, refractory ascites and Hepatorenal syndrome.  On line.
  4. Sersté T. Deleterious effects of beta-blockers on survival in patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites Hepatology. 2010;52(3):1017
  5. Serste’ T. Beta-blockers cause paracentesis-induced circulatory dysfunction in patients with cirrhosis and refractory ascites. J. Hepat 2011;55:794-799


Fadi Francis, M.D. has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 5/10/2014 | Last Modified On: 10/9/15 | Expires: 10/10/16

This course has been expired.