Special Medications

-Diurese to reduce weight by 0.5-1 kg/d (if edema) or 0.25 kg/d (if no edema). -Spironolactone (Aldactone) 25-50 mg PO qid or 200 mg PO qAM, increase by 100 mg/d to max of 400 mg/d. -Furosemide (Lasix)(refractory ascites) 40-120 mg PO or IVqd-bid. Add KCL

20-40 mEq PO qAM if renal function is normal OR -Torsemide (Demadex) 20-40 mg PO/IV qd-bid. -Metolazone (Zaroxolyn) 5-10 mg PO qd (max 20 mg/d). -Ranitidine (Zantac) 150 mg PO bid. -Vitamin K 10 mg SQ qd for 3d. -Folic acid 1 mg PO qd. -Thiamine 100 mg PO qd. -Multivitamin PO qd.

Paracentesis: Remove up to 5 L of ascites if peripheral edema, tense ascites, or decreased diaphragmatic excursion. If large volume paracentesis without peripheral edema or with renal insuffiencey, give salt-poor albumin, 12.5 gm for each 2 liters of fluid removed (50 mL of 25%

solution); infuse 25 mL before paracentesis and 25 mL 6h after.

10. Symptomatic Medications: -Docusate sodium (Colace) 100 mg PO qhs. -Lactulose 30 mL PO bid-qid.

11. Extras: KUB, CXR, abdominal ultrasound, liver-spleen scan, GI consult.

12. Labs: Ammonia, CBC, SMA 7&12, LFTs, albumin, amylase, lipase, INR/PTT. Urine creatinine, Na, K. HBsAg, anti-HBs, hepatitis C virus antibody, alpha-1-antitrypsin.

Paracentesis Ascitic Fluid

Tube 1: Protein, albumin, specific gravity, glucose, bilirubin, amylase, lipase, triglyceride, LDH (3-5 mL, red top tube). Tube 2: Cell count and differential (3-5 mL, purple top tube). Tube 3: C&S, Gram stain, AFB, fungal (5-20 mL); inject 20 mL into blood culture bottles at bedside. Tube 4: Cytology (>20 mL). Syringe: pH (2 mL).

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