The Effective Management of Ascites and Hepatorenal Syndrome

Course Overview

Hepatorenal syndrome is one of many potential causes of acute kidney injury in patients with liver disease. HRS represents the end-stage of a sequence of reductions in kidney perfusion induced by increasingly severe hepatic injury. HRS is a diagnosis of exclusion and generally has a poor prognosis. A cirrhotic liver disrupts fluid management. Decreased liver function combines with portal hypertension to cause ascites symptoms. Portal hypertension causes fluid to leak from the veins into the belly and collect there.  To manage the ascites, patients need to have large volumes of fluid removed or put other organs at risk. Regrettably, not enough clinicians have an adequate understanding of the disease progression, appropriate diagnostic tests and appropriate treatment regimes. This short, but highly focused, seminar will provide that information.

Topics to be covered in this interactive seminar include:

  • The causes, symptoms, and treatment for ascites
  • Life-threatening dangers of cirrhosis and the importance of fluid management
  • Employing realistic sodium reduction approaches for patients with mild ascites
  • The benefits vs risks of a TIPS procedure
  • Differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 HRS
  • How Hepatorenal Syndrome advances and can lead to renal failure
  • Investigate the benefits and risks of various HRS treatment approaches
  • Advising patients on the most efficacious therapies for Hepatorenal Syndrome to minimize further damage to the liver and kidneys


Dates and Locations

February 17 – Gainesville, FL
11:00am – 12:00noon
University of Florida School of Medicine

March 16 – Westminster, CA
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Hosted by the VPSCA

March 30 – Miami, FL
7:00 – 8:00am
Hosted by the University of Miami Department of Medicine

May 11 – Alexandria, VA
6:30 – 8:30pm
Hosted by Virginia Association of Physician Assistants

September 29 – Jacksonville, FL
12noon – 1:00pm
Hosted by Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville

Web-based Enduring Material
Available for download beginning February 2022

CDC-Recommended COVID-19 Precautions will be Implemented at All Live Seminars

Registration Fees: There is no charge for either the live or web-based seminars, but pre-registration is required.

This program has been developed for:

Gastroenterologists
Internists
Hepatologists
Nephrologists
Family Physicians
Advanced-Practice Providers and Nurse Specialists

Designation Statements

Physicians (MD/DO)- The University of Louisville Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development designates Symptoms and Care Options of IBS as a live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Nurses- The Symptoms and Care Options of IBS seminar has been approved for 1.2 Continuing Education Credits through the University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-22-1253.
Go to the Registration/Information button, then scroll to the bottom of the page to register for the Enduring Material.

This course is supported in part by educational grants from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Grifols, USA in accordance with ACCME accreditation Standards of Commercial Support.



For more information contact:

University of Louisville Office of CME and Professional Development
501 E. Broadway Su 370
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: (502) 852-5329
Email: cmepd@louisville.edu

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