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What's it mean to have hepatic fibrosis?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Fibrosis = scarring
Inflammation of the liver, as almost anywhere else in the body, often heals with scarring.
Lose enough functioning liver cells to scarring & you get cirrhosis. A fibrosis score is typically calculated during liver biopsy (& some fancier liver imagings) to calculate how much damage a chronically inflammed liver has sustained, & its risk of failing /decompensating. Then you need a liver transplant.

In brief: Fibrosis = scarring
Inflammation of the liver, as almost anywhere else in the body, often heals with scarring.
Lose enough functioning liver cells to scarring & you get cirrhosis. A fibrosis score is typically calculated during liver biopsy (& some fancier liver imagings) to calculate how much damage a chronically inflammed liver has sustained, & its risk of failing /decompensating. Then you need a liver transplant.
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