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Treatment of cirrhosis

Treatment of cirrhosis

Treatment of cirrhosis

Treatment of cirrhosis

This disorder which causes scarring of the liver tissue is an irreversible and incurable condition. The treatment aims to provide symptomatic relief and prevent further deterioration of the disease. The first step in treatment is to detect the underlying cause of cirrhosis and manage it. For example, strict abstinence from alcohol is needed in chronic alcoholism or removal of excess metal deposition (iron, copper) is mandatory in Haemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease. Individuals with viral hepatitis are managed with interferons. Healthy and nutritious diet is essential in patients with cirrhosis. Other medications like diuretics or beta blockers are advised in instances of ascitis or portal hypertension. Liver transplant may be considered in individuals where cirrhosis and its complications are not being controlled in spite of medications and appropriate diet.

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