What is cirrhosis of the liver?
Cirrhosis is an often irreversible scarring of the liver. This is usually the result of various problems that damage liver cells over time.
Eventually, damage from cirrhosis becomes so severe that the normal structure of the liver is changed and it stops functioning correctly.
While damage to your liver can't be reversed, the goal of treatment is to slow down the buildup of scar tissue and prevent or treat other health problems. In many cases you may be able to delay or stop any more liver damage.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of liver disease (cirrhosis) and personal preferences.
Cirrhosis treatment options may include:
- Changes in diet
- Decreasing alcohol consumption
- Clinical trials (when appropriate)
Baylor Scott & White Health's specialized centers can help pinpoint digestive disease causes and get you started on a path of optimal digestive health.
Liver Disease Clinic
Patients are referred to the Liver Disease Clinic, located in the Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Temple, by their primary physician or other specialist when they exhibit symptoms or signs of suspected liver disease.
The Liver and Pancreas Disease Center
The Liver and Pancreas Disease Center at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health is dedicated to treating patients with liver or pancreas tumors or chronic pancreatitis access to a full spectrum of treatment options. The center coordinates each patient's plan of care among a team of specialists all located within one center.