Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Dr. John Chovan & Dr. Sue Butz
Cirrhosis of the liver, chronic liver disease, esophageal varices, ascites.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Liver cirrhosis is a chronic, end-stage liver disease. It is a term given to a condition where normal liver parenchyma is replaced by fibrotic tissues. This condition arises once hepatocytes become unable to overcome the hepatic insults via undergoing the process of mitosis. Alcohol, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Wilson disease, hemochromatosis, aldolase B deficiency, alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney diseases are few risk factors for liver cirrhosis. Ascites, asterixis, hepatic encephalopathy, scleral icterus, portal hypertension, and gynecomastia are a few symptoms of this condition. Liver transplant is the only definitive treatment for this condition, so symptoms management become the main means of addressing the need of the majority of patients.
Lamichhane Wagle, Sabina, "Cirrhosis of the Liver" (2019). Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN). 361.