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O’Brien A. Early treatment can arrest or reverse cirrhosis. Practitioner July/August 2020;264(1839):11-14

Early treatment can arrest or reverse cirrhosis

24 Jul 2020Registered users

Around 60,000 people in the UK are estimated to have cirrhosis. It is now the third most common cause of premature death. Decompensation represents a watershed moment for patients with cirrhosis, with the median survival falling from > 12 years for compensated cirrhosis to approximately two years. Patients with cirrhosis should undergo six-monthly ultrasound to screen for the early development of primary hepatocellular carcinoma. They should also undergo an initial upper gastrointestinal endoscopy to screen for varices.

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