Comparison of Low Dose Albumin Versus Full Dose Albumin in Improving Refractory Ascites in Cirrhotic Patients
Keywords:Low Dose Albumin, High Dose Albumin, Cirrhosis, Refractory Ascites, Comparison
AbstractBackground: Refractory ascites is one of the most important complications of cirrhosis & albumin is considered highly effective in controlling it. Objective: To compare efficacy of 10g albumin versus 20g albumin in improving refractory ascites in cirrhotic patients. Methods: This randomized control trial was conducted at department of Gastroenterology, Mayo hospital Lahore for 12 months. After ethical approval, 60 patients of chronic liver disease with refractory ascites were included in the study & were divided into two groups. Group A was administered with 20g albumin whereas; group B was given 10g albumin. Both groups were followed for next 3 days by measuring change in weight, abdominal girth and urine output. Data was analyzed by using SPSS v-21. Results: There was no considerable difference between two groups regarding change in weight, abdominal girth and urine output. There was no significant difference in albumin response for both the groups in reducing ascites (p=0.6022). Conclusion: Low dose albumin is as effective as full dose albumin for reducing refractory ascites among cirrhotic patients.
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