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Korean J Gastroenterol 2019; 74(5): 274-280  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2019.74.5.274
Brief Review of the Revised Korean Association for the Study of the Liver Clinical Practice Guidelines for Liver Cirrhosis: Varices, Hepatic Encephalopathy and Related Complications
Eun Sun Jang
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea
Correspondence to: Eun Sun Jang, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 82 Gumi-ro 173beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 13620, Korea. Tel: +82-31-787-7067, Fax: +82-31-787-4052, E-mail: janges@snubh.org, ORCID: https://orcid.org/ 0000-0003-4274-2582
Received: October 15, 2019; Revised: October 19, 2019; Accepted: October 28, 2019; Published online: November 25, 2019.
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Abstract
Liver cirrhosis patients are suffering from many complications, which are directly related to a poor prognosis. Although there have been many recent advances in diagnosis and treatment for varix and hepatic encephalopathy in cirrhotic patients, the standard practice for these conditions should consider the different medical resources and etiology of these liver diseases among various countries. The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver published in 2005 a clinical practice guideline for the treatment of cirrhosis complications, and this year, they revised the guideline for treating gastroesophageal varices and hepatic encephalopathy. This review summarizes the revised practice guideline and emphasizes the updated recommendation.
Keywords: Liver cirrhosis; Esophageal and gastric varices; Hepatic encephalopathy; Guideline


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