Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan & Dr. Sue Butz

Keywords

Cirrhosis of the liver, chronic liver disease, esophageal varices, ascites.

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

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.

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