What are signs of cirrhosis?

Signs of Cirrhosis. There are many "signs" or physical findings of cirrhosis. These include: spider angiomata (small spider like blood vessels on the skin, see picture), clubbing of the fingers, palmar erythema (reddening of the palms), gynecomastia (enlargement of the breasts in males), enlargement of the liver and spleen, ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen), jaundice (yellowing of skin) and many more.
Can vary. Cirrhosis can sometimes be asymptomatic, but signs like fluid build up in the abdominal cavity (ascites), easy bruising, jaundice and symptoms of decreased appetite, fatigue, feeling sleepy or confused (hepatic encephalopathy) can occur. Your liver doctor can help manage and control the above signs/symptoms as they occur at different rates.

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What are the first initial signs if cirrhosis? What does it mean when it hurts near your ribs?

It depends. Most cirrhosis begins and progresses without any apparent signs or symptoms. If you are having pain in the area of your liver, it might be because of inflammation within the liver, gall bladder, intestines, etc. If pain persists definitely have it checked out. Read more...

What are the signs and symptoms of cirrhosis besides yellow?

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. Read more...
Sometimes, none. which can make diagnosis of cirrhosis tricky in the early stages. but at the late (decompensated) stages, you can have jaundice (yellowed eyes and skin), fluid buildup in legs and abdomen, encephalopathy (confusion) and dilated veins along the esophagus and stomach called varices, multiple other skin findings 2/2 portal hypertension. Pts with cirrhosis are also at risk for liver cancer. Read more...