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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 2020Pais-up subscribers

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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