Can a person survive with cirrhosis?

Yes, a person can survive with cirrhosis, but the prognosis depends on the stage of the disease and the underlying cause of the cirrhosis.

In the early stages of cirrhosis, the liver is still able to perform most of its functions, and there are no signs or symptoms of liver disease. With proper treatment and lifestyle changes, the progression of the disease can be slowed, and the person can live for many years.

As the disease progresses, the liver’s function begins to decline, and complications such as jaundice, fluid accumulation in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), kidney failure, bleeding from varices, and liver cancer may occur. These complications can be life-threatening and may require hospitalization.

In the end-stage cirrhosis, the liver has lost most of its function, and a liver transplant is often the only treatment option. Even in this stage, the person can survive with the transplant if it is done in time, and if the person can take care of himself and follow the post-transplant guidelines.

It’s worth noting that, the best way to improve the chances of survival with cirrhosis is to identify and treat the underlying cause of the disease, as well as to manage the symptoms and complications of the disease as they arise. Additionally, it’s important to work with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of cirrhosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.