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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2006 Mar;35(1):189-99, xi.

Palliation of malignant ascites.

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Department of Radiology, Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068, USA. stefanier@comcast.net

Abstract

The management of recurrent, symptomatic malignant ascites can be problematic for physicians and patients. The most common, low-risk method is large-volume paracentesis. Patient disease progression often leads to rapid reaccumulation of ascites, which requires frequent return visits to the hospital for symptom management. Other techniques have been developed to achieve palliation of symptoms, including tunneled external drainage catheters, peritoneal ports, and peritoneovenous

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16530120
DOI:
10.1016/j.gtc.2005.12.006
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