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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-In-Chief: Ujjwal Rastogi, M.B.B.S. [2]


Cirrhosis is an irreversible change to the liver, and ongoing research hopes to determine the mechanism of scar formation and how to interrupt or reverse this process.[1] Newer therapies are being developed against viral causes of liver diseases. New vaccines are currently under development for Hepatitis C, and have already been developed for hepatitis B.

Future or Investigational Therapies

The following therapies are under trial:


  1. Iredale JP (2003). "Cirrhosis: new research provides a basis for rational and targeted treatments". BMJ. 327 (7407): 143–7. doi:10.1136/bmj.327.7407.143. PMC 1126509. PMID 12869458.
  2. Lindor KD (2011). "Farnesoid X receptor agonists for primary biliary cirrhosis". Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 27 (3): 285–8. doi:10.1097/MOG.0b013e32834452c8. PMID 21297469.
  3. Zeuzem S, Asselah T, Angus P, Zarski JP, Larrey D, Müllhaupt B; et al. (2011). "Efficacy of the protease inhibitor BI 201335, polymerase inhibitor BI 207127, and ribavirin in patients with chronic HCV infection". Gastroenterology. 141 (6): 2047–55, quiz e14. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2011.08.051. PMID 21925126.
  4. Fontana RJ (2010). "Entecavir in decompensated HBV cirrhosis: the future is looking brighter". J Hepatol. 52 (2): 147–9. doi:10.1016/j.jhep.2009.10.025. PMID 20006400.