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what are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Multiple: The most common causes of liver cancer are cirrhosis and hepatitis b. Cirrhosis can be caused by any type of hepatitis (alcoholic, infectious, autoimmune, iron storage diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver, e tc).
Answered on Sep 24, 2012
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection.
Answered on Aug 4, 2015
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Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
NASH: One common and growing cause of cirrhosis not metioned abobe is that caused by fatty liver disease / nash. Likely the etiology of the majority of cases of idiopathic cirrhosis.
Answered on Sep 24, 2012

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