Preventative hepatology: minimising symptoms and optimising care

Liver Int. 2008 Aug;28(7):922-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1478-3231.2008.01816.x.


Most care of liver disease is in the ambulatory setting, and therefore the clinical needs of patients represent those of any other chronic illness. Emphasis must be given to preventative strategies such that liver lifetime (including pre-emptive strategies related to potential allograft survival) is maximised through timely intervention and avoidance of side effects. This review addresses the pertinent practical clinical concerns faced by clinicians as they manage adult patients with chronic liver disease, with an emphasis on preventing and managing symptoms and complications directly and indirectly related to the underlying disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Diseases / physiopathology
  • Liver Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Preventive Medicine*
  • Treatment Outcome