Evaluation of New Onset Ascites in a Patient with Chronic Hepatitis C
This answer is incorrect. In this setting of new onset ascites, a diagnostic abdominal paracentesis is clearly indicated and would provide immediately useful information. An abdominal computed tomographic study would not provide sufficient information for evaluating this patient’s new onset ascites. Further, complication rates with abdominal paracentesis are low and concerns for complications associated with this procedure should not serve as a deterrent.
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