Let’s go deeper as to why we do what we do: albumin in spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP)!

Time Stamps

  • 1:45 How much albumin is recommended in SBP?
  • 2:30 What antibiotics are used for treatment of SBP?
  • 4:15 Why do we give albumin in SBP?
    • 7:15 How does albumin compare to crystalloid?
    • 9:00 Do we always have to give to albumin?

Show Notes

  • Third generation cephalosporins are the mainstay treatment in Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (SBP). Further attempts change antibiotic frequency and duration have failed to show improvements in mortality in patients with SBP.
  • Hepatorenal syndrome worsens mortality in SBP. Administering albumin in SBP has shown significant absolute risk reductions in renal failure and mortality.
  • AASLD guidelines recommends 1.5 g albumin per kg body weight within 6 hours of detection of SBP and 1.0 g/kg on day 3 (Class IIa, Level B).
  • Do all patients with SBP need albumin? There is some evidence that administrating albumin particularly benefits SBP patients who also have a total bilirubin >4 mg/dL, BUN >30mg/dl or a serum creatinine >1mg/dl.
  • 5% albumin is 12.5 grams of albumin diluted into 250cc bag, whereas 25% albumin is 12.5 grams is mixed into 50cc. It is thought that 1 unit of albumin (12.5g) is four times as effective in expanding plasma volume compared to crystalloid but that data for that is not well cited.



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