Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cirrhosis Outlook

What to expect with cirrhosis:

  • Cirrhosis cannot be reversed.
  • The outlook depends on the severity of the damage at the time of diagnosis.
  • A person may not have symptoms of liver failure for 5 to 20 years.
  • Death usually occurs within 5 years after the liver starts to fail.

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Last Updated: Mar 12, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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