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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Jeffrey Tyler
Geriatrics 43 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.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Cirrhosis of the liver is an effect of what?

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: For a long time in the us alcohol was the major player now hepatitis c is but both can as well as hepatitis b also there are rarer causes but these are the major causes.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are tests of cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Biopsy: Blood tests and imaging studies can suggest a diagnosis of cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tissue by a pathologist.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How does cirrhosis affect my liver?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Several ways: The most easy wdy to explain it is to say it makes it unable to handle and detoxify normal body wates that it should. It can be fatal.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Stephen Cheng
Transplant Surgery 35 years experience
Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is shunted away from the liver. Patients then develop ascites (fluid build up in abdomen), enlarged spleen and low platelet count, encephalopathy (confusion), and varices (enlarged veins inside stomach and esophagus) which can lead to massive bleeding.
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Actually cirrhosis is largely symptomatic and is discovered in autopsies in about 30% of cases. Symptoms only develop when patients show signs and symptoms of end-stage liver disease. Then the manifestations mentioned above appear, and are a bad prognostic sign
Jul 18, 2012
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Asymptomatic
Jul 18, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Arlene Garcia
Gastroenterology 32 years experience
Scarring of the live: Cirrhosis of the liver refers to scarring and distortion of the architecture of the liver cells. Cirrhosis is the end result of an insult to the liver by infections like viruses, or substance like toxins, chemicals, medicines, or in some cases the result of heredity or autoimmunity. Patients with cirrhosis may develop liver failure.

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