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A 36-year-old member asked:

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
Surgery 40 years experience
Many causes: Cirrhosis is the way the liver heals itself after repeated, severe or ongoing insults. These can be multifactorial, such as toxins (alcohol, certain meds), viruses (hepatitis), or even fatty degeneration (nash).
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Hepatology 10 years experience
Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

For cirrhosis of the liver, does it cause pain?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Yes, it can: Cirrhosis of the liver may be associated with abdominal pain from tense ascites or bacterial peritonitis. Pain may also occur from the complications of this disease. See this site for info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
See below: 1. Alcohol 2. Hepatitis c & b 3. Others like fatty liver disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, inflammatory bowel disease (includes ulcerative colitis and crohns - usually crohns), primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aflatoxin (certain mushrooms) toxicity but usually causes immediate failure, parasites, and others.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can fatty liver cause cirrhosis?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Inflammation: Fat in the liver, leads to inflammation of the liver, which with time will lead to scarring of the liver. Fat in the liver causes the exact same damage as alcohol does to the liver.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how could fatty liver cause cirrhosis?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Underlying problem: The fat doesn't cause the cirrhosis. The underlying problem -- alcohol, hepatitis c, lack of exercise, whatever -- first causes fatty change, then liver cell death and scarring.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is cirrhosis of the liver?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Tyler
44 years experience
Scars in the liver: Chronic inflammation of liver cells can result in permanent scarring to develop in the liver. This is called cirrhosis. Common causes are excess alcohol intake, viral hepatitis infection, certain drugs and hereditary diseases. Blood tests to check liver function and ultrasound examination can help evaluate the overall health of the liver.
Last updated May 24, 2018
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