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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can someone get cirrhosis of the liver if they have never had any alcohol in their life?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Yes: Many reasons for cirrhosis including viral , autoimmune, genetic and metabolic causes.
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
Other causes: Not all cirrhosis is due to alcohol. You can get cirrhosis from hepatitis b or c, from primary biliary cirrhosis, and from some other less common conditions.
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Dr. Lisa Davidson
25 years experience
Yes: Although alcohol is the most common cause of cirrhosis, other causes are possible, even in someone who never drinks alcohol. The 2nd most common cause is hepatitis. It's important for someone with liver disease to be tested for hepatitis. Nash is another cause of cirrhosis. Here is a helpful article outlining all of this: http://consumer.Healthday.Com/encyclopedia/article.Asp?Aid=644390.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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