Liver failure - discharge; Liver cirrhosis - discharge
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the most advanced stage of chronic liver disease. You were in the hospital to treat this condition.
You have cirrhosis of the liver. Scar tissue forms and your liver gets smaller and harder. Most of the time, this damage cannot be undone. However, the problems it causes can be treated.
While you were in the hospital, you may have had:
Your health care provider will talk with you about what to expect at home. This will depend on your symptoms and what caused your cirrhosis.
Medicines you may need to take include:
Do not drink any alcohol. Your provider can help you stop drinking.
Limit salt in your diet.
Ask your provider before taking any other medicines, vitamins, herbs, or supplements that you buy at the store. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol), cold medicines, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and others.
Ask if you need vaccines to prevent hepatitis A, hepatitis B, lung or bodily infections due to specific bacteria such as pneumococcus, and the flu.
You will need to see your provider for regular follow-up visits. Make sure you go to these visits so your condition can be checked.
Other tips for caring for your liver are:
Contact your provider if you have:
Garcia-Tsao G. Cirrhosis and its sequelae. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 144.
Kamath PS, Shah VH. Overview of cirrhosis. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 74.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 1/31/2023
Reviewed By: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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