What do patients who have cirrhosis with ascites need to know about hepatorenal syndrome (HRS)?

Updated: Oct 16, 2017
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients who have cirrhosis with ascites must be informed that they are at a risk of developing HRS and they must be informed about the dismal prognosis this carries in the absence of liver transplantation. They should be very cautious when new medications are prescribed by physicians not familiar with their care and must avoid known nephrotoxic agents such as nonsteroidals and aminoglycosides. Any deterioration in their clinical condition should result in a prompt call to their physician to determine if they have developed HRS.

For patient education resources, see Infections Center and Digestive Disorders Center, as well as Cirrhosis and Liver Transplant.


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