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Health Care for People with Hepatorenal Syndrome and Cirrhosis

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2012-12-24 14:45

Hepatorenal syndrome is also known as functional renal failure. It can cause less blood supply to kidneys and declined glomerular filtration rate (GFR). It is a common complication of advanced cirrhosis. Right health care plays a vital role in managing the condition.

Enough rest

Most of people with hepatorenal syndrome have a very long history of chronic illness. So they usually are very weak and have poor immunity as well as excess fluid in abdominal cavity. Therefore, they should have enough rest in bed to avoid compression to renal blood vessels caused by fluids in abdominal cavity.


Diet is an important part in health care for people with hepatorenal syndrome. They should limit the intake of salt and proteins and keep high intake of fiber foods. Additionally, the patients should remove roughage and irritating foods to prevent gastrointestinal bleeding.

Prevent infection

As the patients with hepatorenal syndrome has poor immunity and also detoxifying function of the liver declines, the patients are very susceptible to infection mainly peritonitis, urinary tract infection, septicemia, etc. Pain in abdomen, fever, high counts of white blood cells in peripheral blood may indicate infection.

Basic care

The patients should keep the surroundings clean and keep the window ventilated. Also, oral infection is commonly seen. So it is very important to keep good oral hygiene. Additionally, long period of bed rest can affect blood circulation, leading to bedsore. Others should help them turn over regularly and massage the affected areas.

The above are the major heath care tips for people with hepatorenal syndrome and cirrhosis. If you want to learn more about this topic, please email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com .

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