The most important treatment for liver disease is prevention. Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B, and many cases of hepatitis can be prevented by avoiding the risk factors that spread the hepatitis viruses.
Although liver inflammation due to hepatitis or other causes may resolve over time, liver damage may also become permanent. Steps to treat liver disease include protecting and supporting remaining liver function, minimizing further damage and complications, and addressing the underlying cause of the damage. Treatment may range from taking specific medications, to surgery, to – in severe cases – liver transplantation.
People who are diagnosed with liver disease will often require long-term monitoring and should talk to their health care providers to determine the best treatment options for their condition.