Management of the major complications of cirrhosis: Beyond guidelines

J Hepatol. 2021 Jul;75 Suppl 1:S135-S146. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2021.01.027.

Abstract

Along with a growing understanding of the pathophysiology of cirrhosis and its complications, new therapies and management strategies have emerged in recent years. Many of these advances have helped inform the current EASL clinical practice guidelines1 on the management of some of the key complications of cirrhosis, such as ascites, variceal bleeding and infection. However, there are still some aspects of management where the evidence base is less clear, and/or where opinions amongst practitioners remain divided. Some of these more controversial areas are explored in this section, wherein we present evidence culminating in a suggested management approach based on expert opinion and extending beyond the current guidelines.

Keywords: Cirrhosis; Controversies; Decompensation; Guidelines; Management.

Publication types

  • Review