Understanding Cirrhosis of the Liver: First steps for the newly diagnosed

 

Can I be cured of cirrhosis?

In general, the liver damage seen with cirrhosis is permanent. Scarring cannot be fully reversed, but it can lessen (regress) with time, similar to the way a scar on the skin fades. That’s why it’s important to find out if you have cirrhosis early and to do as much as you can to keep your liver healthy.

The good news is that healthy parts of the liver can regenerate. With proper treatment and care, people with cirrhosis can sometimes see improvements in their liver health, depending on what caused the damage. For people with viral hepatitis, the health of their liver might improve if their infection is treated and they receive appropriate care.

It’s important to stay connected to your healthcare provider even after you’ve been treated for viral hepatitis. Even after your infection is treated you are still at risk for liver cancer. You will need to have ongoing screening for this.

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