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 doctor will talk with you about what to expect at home. This will depend on your symptoms and what caused your cirrhosis.
Medicines your doctor may prescribe are:
Do not drink any alcohol. Your doctor can help you stop drinking.
Limit salt in your diet.
Ask your doctor 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), and others.
Ask your doctor if you need shots or vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, lung infections, and the flu.
You will need to see your doctor for regular follow-up visits. Make sure you go to these visits so your doctor can check your condition.
Other tips for caring for your liver are:
Call your doctor or nurse if you have:
Liver failure - discharge; Liver cirrhosis - discharge
Garcia-Tsao, G. Cirrhosis and its sequellae. Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 156.
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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