Treatments available for liver disease include supportive care, surgery, long-term medical care, medication and removal of excess fluid, according to MedicineNet. The type of treatment an individual receives depends on their type of liver disease.Continue Reading
Supportive care is reserved for those with hepatitis A in order to make sure the patient remains hydrated as the body fights infection, states MedicineNet. Gallstones are often treated with gallbladder removal surgery. Long-term medical care is a treatment option for controlling and lowering the effects of liver disease.
In order to control how much protein is absorbed in patients with cirrhosis and final-stage liver disease, medications are often used, notes MedicineNet. High blood ammonia levels, coma, disorientation and fatigue are common in a liver with cirrhosis, since the organ is unable to properly metabolize waste. Diuretics and a low-sodium diet may be recommended to treat water retention.
To remove fluid built up in the abdominal cavity, a needle and syringe can be used as a drainage method, according to MedicineNet. If the fluid isn't removed in time, it can result in an infection. If a patient's liver completely fails, a liver transplant may be the only viable option. Complications of liver failure include weight loss, infection and bleeding.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases