For individuals diagnosed with cirrhosis, treatment usually includes:
- Addressing and treating the underlying cause of the liver disease, where possible. This may involve, for example, treating chronic hepatitis C with medications.
- Maintaining remaining liver function—to help take care of their liver, people with cirrhosis should should not drink alcohol and should avoid substances that can harm the liver. They may need to modify or supplement their diet to ensure adequate nutrition and work with their healthcare provider on medication dosage since their liver may not be able to process drugs at a normal rate.
- Treating complications—for example, endoscopy is sometimes needed to look for varices (dilated veins) and to address bleeding varices. In advanced cases of cirrhosis, a liver transplantation may be indicated.
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