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Treatments for Cirrhosis

Because cirrhosis cannot be cured, treatment focuses on preventing further liver damage, easing symptoms, and reducing the impact of complications. The liver is a large organ and is able to perform many of its vital functions despite some damage. Removing the causes of cirrhosis increases your chances of recovering and carrying on a more normal life.
Treatment involves the following:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapies


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