CirrhosisTreatment

Cirrhosis cannot be cured, so treatment aims to manage the symptoms and any complications, and stop the condition getting worse.

overview

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by long-term liver damage.

symptoms

Cirrhosis may not have any early symptoms. Later symptoms can include feeling sick and tired, yellowing of the skin, itchy skin and a swollen tummy.

treatments_overview

Treatment for cirrhosis usually involves treating the cause to stop it getting worse. Some people eventually need a liver transplant.

causes

The main causes of cirrhosis are drinking too much alcohol over many years, long-lasting liver infections like hepatitis C and being overweight.

prevention

To reduce your risk of cirrhosis, cut down on alcohol, keep a healthy weight and avoid hepatitis by using a condom during sex and not injecting drugs.

Page last reviewed: 03/07/2017
Next review due: 03/07/2020