BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuCirrhosis - dischargeLiver failure - discharge; Liver cirrhosis - dischargeCirrhosis is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the last stage of chronic liver disease. You were in the hospital to treat this condition.When You're in the HospitalYou have cirrhosis of the liver. Scar tissue forms and your liver gets smaller and harder. Most of the time, this damage cannot be undone. However, the problems it causes can be treated.While you were in the hospital, you may have had:Lab tests, x-rays, and other imaging exams A sample of liver tissue taken (biopsy) Treatment with drugs Fluid (ascites) drained from your belly AscitesAscites is the build-up of fluid in the space between the lining of the abdomen and abdominal organs.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Tiny rubber bands tied around blood vessels in your esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach) Placement of a tube or shunt (TIPS or TIPSS) to help prevent too much fluid in your belly TIPS or TIPSSTransjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure to create new connections between two blood vessels in your liver. You may need ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Antibiotics to treat or prevent infection in the fluid in your bellyWhat to Expect at HomeYour health care provider will talk with you about what to expect at home. This will depend on your symptoms and what caused your cirrhosis.Medicines you may need to take include:Lactulose, neomycin, or rifaximin for confusion caused by liver problems Medicines to help prevent bleeding from your swallowing tube or esophagus EsophagusThe esophagus (food pipe) is the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Varices are enlarged veins that may be found in the esophagus in pe...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Water pills, for extra fluid in your body Antibiotics, for infection in your belly Self-careDo not drink any alcohol. Your provider can help you stop drinking. Limit salt in your diet.Ask your provider which foods you should avoid. Your provider or nutritionist can give you a low-salt diet. Low-salt dietToo much sodium in your diet can be bad for you. If you have high blood pressure or heart failure, you may be asked to limit the amount of salt (whi...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Learn to read labels on cans and packaged foods to avoid salt. Read labelsA key step for losing weight, keeping the weight off, and staying healthy is learning how to buy the right foods at the store. This will ensure you ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Do not add salt to your foods or use it in cooking. Use herbs or spices to add flavor to your foods. Ask your provider before taking any other medicines, vitamins, herbs, or supplements that you buy at the store. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol), cold medicines, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and others.Ask if you need shots or vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, lung infections, and the flu.You will need to see your provider for regular follow-up visits. Make sure you go to these visits so your condition can be checked.Other tips for caring for your liver are:Eat a healthy diet. Keep your weight at a healthy level. Try to avoid becoming constipated. Get enough exercise and rest. Try to reduce your stress. When to Call the DoctorCall your provider if you have:Fever above 100.5°F (38°C), or a fever that does not go away Belly pain Blood in your stool or black, tarry stools Blood in your vomit Bruising or bleeding more easily A buildup of fluid in your belly Swollen legs or ankles Breathing problems Confusion or problems staying awake Yellow color to your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)Open ReferencesReferencesGarcia-Tsao G. Cirrhosis and its sequelae. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 144.Kamath PS, Shah VH. Overview of cirrhosis. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 74.AllVideoImagesTogRelated Information Cirrhosis(Condition)Bleeding esophageal varices(Condition)Alcoholic liver disease(Condition)Primary biliary cirrhosis(Condition)Alcohol use disorder(Condition)Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)(Surgery)How to read food labels(Self-Care)Low-salt diet (Self-Care)Cirrhosis(In-Depth) Review Date: 1/15/2021 Reviewed By: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. 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