Table 1: Characteristics of enrolled patients. Continuous variables are expressed as median (range). BMI: body mass index.

Gender (males), (%)4 (40)
Age (years)57.5 (45–68)
Etiology of liver disease, (%)
 Alcoholic3 (30)
 HCV2 (20)
 HBV1 (10)
 Mixed4 (40)
BMI22.7 (19–33)
Serum bilirubin (mg/dl)1.2 (0.6–3.5)
Serum creatinine (mg/dl)1.2 (0.6–1.4)
Serum albumin (mg/dl)34 (33–40)
Previous overt hepatic encephalopathy, (%)8 (80%)
MELD score11 (9–23)
MELD-Na score16 (14–26)
Child-Pugh score classes, (%)
 A0
 B4 (40)
 C6 (60)
Propranolol titration dose (mg/day)60 (40–120)
Diuretic therapy (mg/day)
 Potassium canrenoate200 (100–300)
 Furosemide50 (50–100)
Liters of ascites removed per procedure7 (5–12)