By Bruce D. Askey, MSN, CRNP

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Managing cirrhosis in a primary-care setting

Although most patients with the disease are treated by specialists, diagnosis and regular management of symptoms often fall to the primary-care clinician. Cirrhosis is the 12th-highest cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of mortality in patients 45-54 years old.1 Annually, the disease is responsible for 421,000 hospitalizations and 27,000…

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