Overview of Cirrhosis
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 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. Options may include:
- Changes in diet
- Decreasing alcohol consumption
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Centers for Liver Disease Care
Patients are referred to the
Liver Disease Clinic, located in the 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 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.