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Because cirrhosis cannot be cured, 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

Revision Information

  • Cirrhosis. American Liver Foundation website. Available at: http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/cirrhosis . Updated December 3, 2012. Accessed April 24, 2013.

  • Cirrhosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated December 27, 2012. Accessed April 24, 2013.

  • Cirrhosis. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/index.aspx . Updated February 21, 2012. Accessed April 24, 2013.

  • Heidelbaugh JJ, Sherbondy M. Cirrhosis and Chronic Liver Failure: Part II. Complications and Treatment. Am Fam Phys . 2006;74:767-776.

  • Lucey MR. Management of alcoholic liver disease. Clinics in Liver Disease . 2009;13:267-275.