Final stage cirrhosis is a terminal illness when treatment is no longer effective unless a liver transplant is received, according to WebMD. Many patients with cirrhosis are treated with medications to stop or delay the final stages for long periods of time.
When a patient needs a liver transplant is needed, he is placed on a waiting list according to blood type, body size and the severity of illness, notes WebMD. Each patient receives a score that is based on INR, bilirubin and creatinine levels in the blood. Patients who have the highest scores receive transplants first. This allows the patients who are most ill to receive a transplant first.