Management of patients with cirrhosis awaiting liver transplantation.

GI Unit, Institut Clinic de Malalties Digestives i Metaboliques, Hospital Clinic,and University of Barcelona, Institut d’Investigacions Biomédiques August Pi-Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Ciber de Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas (CIBEREHD), Barcelona, Spain.
Gut (Impact Factor: 10.73). 03/2011; 60(3):412-21. DOI: 10.1136/gut.2009.179937
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