Recurrent spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in a patient with polycythemia vera

Arnon Nagler*, Tony Hayek, Benjamin Brenner, Shmoel Eidelman

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Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is an infectious process that usually occurs in patients with cirrhosis. There are few reports of SBP in patients with other pathologies such as nephrotic syndrome, acute and chronic hepatitis, cardiac ascites, and ascites secondary to neoplastic disease. We report a patient with polycythemia vera in whom recurrent episodes of SBP occurred 8 months following a portacaval shunt operation for Budd‐Chiari syndrome. Conceivably, the polycythemia vera (PV) complicated by hepatic vein thrombosis and portacaval shunt resulted in significant loss of hepatic reticuloen‐dothelial system function and predisposed the patient to bacterial peritonitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-55
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Hematology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • hepatic vein thrombosis
  • paracentesis
  • portacaval shunt


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