Cirrhosis (cont.)

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What is new and in the future for cirrhosis?

Progress in the management and prevention of cirrhosis continues. Research is ongoing to determine the mechanism of scar formation in the liver and how this process of scarring can be interrupted or even reversed. Newer and better treatments for viral liver disease are being developed to prevent the progression to cirrhosis. Prevention of viral hepatitis by vaccination, which is available for hepatitis B, is being developed for hepatitis C. Treatments for the complications of cirrhosis are being developed or revised and tested continually. Finally, research is being directed at identifying new proteins in the blood that can detect liver cancer early or predict which patients will develop liver cancer.

REFERENCE: UpToDate. Patient information: Cirrhosis (Beyond the Basics).

Medically reviewed by: Venkatachala Mohan, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with Subspecialty in Gastroenterology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/5/2014

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