Teaching liver disease

What is cirrhosis? 

Compensated and Decompensated Cirrhosis

Compensated cirrhosis – General Management

Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma

ultrasound and blood tests done every 6 months

Reducing the risk of decompensation

Non-selective beta-blockers may be considered to reduce the risk of decompensation. Treating hepatitis c, hepatitis b, autoimmune liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcohol related fatty liver disease.

Screening for varices

If certain criteria are met, some patients may need a gastroscopy to screen for varices

Nutrition and Exercise 

    1. Eat something every 4 hours including a late-evening snack
    2. Protein with every meal and snack
    3. Regular exercise

Avoid all alcohol intake

All patients should avoid alcohol intake even if it isn’t the cause of their liver disease

Decompensated cirrhosis – General Management