The first Chinese guidelines on the Management of Ascites and its Related Complications in Cirrhosis: a great goal for a great country
The guidelines developed by scientific societies and associations make sense if they can be interpreted and contextualized in the real-life conditions of different geographical areas and countries. For this to happen, they must bear in mind that: (a) the clinical characteristics of the same disease (liver cirrhosis in the case in point) can vary due to genetic, ethnic, and environmental factors and (b) many aspects of disease management strongly depend on how different health systems are organized. The Chinese Society of Hepatology takes credit for achieving this goal. The methodology adopted by the Society and its working team was rigorous and multidisciplinary. The final document may seem rather long and difficult to consult in clinical practice. The same criticism was voiced over the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) guidelines , too. However, the topic is very broad and such guidelines should be used like a manual, ready to hand, that deals...
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