Cirrhosis in over 16s: assessment and management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Liver cirrhosis usually develops over several years of liver damage and clinical identification of the condition is often imperfect—40% of people with cirrhosis are asymptomatic. In 2012, patients admitted to hospital in England with liver disease were more likely to die compared with all-cause admissions. Additionally, nearly one half of liver disease admissions were for alcohol-related liver disease and 12.3% of these admissions resulted in death.

This Guidelines summary covers recommendations on diagnosis, monitoring, and managing complications with an aim to improve the process by which cirrhosis is identified and managed.

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