Cirrhosis of the liver

Cirrhosis

What is cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis is the end result of a number of diseases of the liver, where normal cells are replaced by scar tissue, leading to abnormalities in the liver's ability to handle drugs and toxins. The liver’s main function is in digestion, where it metabolises carbohydrates, fats and proteins from the broken down food and it produces bile which contains a variety of enzymes and aids digestion. Cirrhosis is accompanied by jaundice (yellowing of the skin), itching and fatigue.

What causes cirrhosis?

What are the symptoms of cirrhosis?

How is cirrhosis diagnosed?

How is cirrhosis treated?

Can I prevent cirrhosis?

What does the future hold?

This depends on the stage and cause of cirrhosis. If damage is not too severe, the liver can regenerate. Many people live for years with cirrhosis. Liver transplant has a high success rate.

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