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Why does liver cirrhosis affect digestion?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Here is why:

Chronic liver disease, the advanced form of which is cirrhosis, can cause loss of appetite.
 fluid in the abdomen (ascites) may compromise your digestion, especially if infected. The blood vessels in your stomach and esophagus may become enlarged (varices) and are more likely to burst. portal hypertensive gastropathy may affect your digestion due to changes in the lining of the stomach.

In brief: Here is why:

Chronic liver disease, the advanced form of which is cirrhosis, can cause loss of appetite.
 fluid in the abdomen (ascites) may compromise your digestion, especially if infected. The blood vessels in your stomach and esophagus may become enlarged (varices) and are more likely to burst. portal hypertensive gastropathy may affect your digestion due to changes in the lining of the stomach.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In several ways

The main reason is that the liver produces bile, which goes through ducts into the gallbladder, and when you eat, the gallbladder contracts and squirts bile into the first part of the intestine, the duodenum. Bile is helpful in the digestion of fat, and without it, there may be problems digesting it normally.
In addition, blood backs up in cirrhosis and swells the GI lining, which causes problems.

In brief: In several ways

The main reason is that the liver produces bile, which goes through ducts into the gallbladder, and when you eat, the gallbladder contracts and squirts bile into the first part of the intestine, the duodenum. Bile is helpful in the digestion of fat, and without it, there may be problems digesting it normally.
In addition, blood backs up in cirrhosis and swells the GI lining, which causes problems.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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