Cirrhosis cannot be cured. As a result, treatment focuses on preventing further liver damage, easing symptoms, and reducing the impact of complications. The liver is a large organ and is able to perform many of its vital functions despite some damage. Removing the causes of cirrhosis increases your chances of recovering and carrying on a more normal life.
Treatment involves the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapies
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015