NICE cirrhosis guideline

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A useful and concise summary on the assessment and management of cirrhosis. Recommendations cover diagnosis, monitoring, and managing complications.

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 for Nurses 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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