Published online Mar 14, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i10.2542
Revised: January 13, 2014
Accepted: January 20, 2014
Published online: March 14, 2014
Core tip: We will discuss susceptibility and impact of specific bacterial infections in cirrhosis, their natural course and the identification of risk factors for organ failure and death in order to help clinicians identifying patients at the highest risk that may benefit from intensified surveillance, prophylaxis and therapy.