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What is decompensated cirrhosis?

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What is decompensated cirrhosis?

If you experience any of the serious problems described below, your disease has progressed from compensated cirrhosis to decompensated cirrhosis. You are then at risk of dying from life-threatening complications of liver disease, unless your sick liver can be replaced with a healthy liver (liver transplant).

  • Bleeding varices (internal bleeding)
  • Ascites (fluid in the belly)
  • Encephalopathy (confusion)
  • Jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)

We will describe each of these in more detail on the next few screens.