When is surgery considered safe in patients with cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Surgery is said to be safe in the setting of mild chronic hepatitis. Its risk in patients with severe chronic hepatitis is unknown. Patients with well-compensated cirrhosis have increased, but acceptable, morbidity and mortality risks. Care should be taken to avoid postoperative infection, fluid overload, unnecessary sedatives and analgesics, and potentially hepatotoxic and nephrotoxic drugs (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics).

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