What are the treatment options when transplantation is contraindicated in patients with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)?

Updated: Jan 31, 2021
  • Author: Luca Cicalese, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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For most patients, treatment options other than palliative care are limited. For patients with Child class C cirrhosis and contraindications for transplantation, any intervention has the potential to result in progressive hepatic decompensation. In these patients, treatment focuses on pain control, ascites, edema, and portosystemic encephalopathy management.


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