Cirrhosis of The Liver - Experience

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Cirrhosis facts

  • Cirrhosis is a complication of liver disease which involves loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring of the liver.
  • Alcohol and viral hepatitis B and C are common causes of cirrhosis, although there are many other causes.
  • Cirrhosis can cause weakness, loss of appetite, easy bruising, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), itching, and fatigue.
  • Diagnosis of cirrhosis can be suggested by history, physical examination and blood tests, and can be confirmed by liver biopsy.
  • Complications of cirrhosis include edema and ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, bleeding from varices, hepatic encephalopathy, hepatorenal syndrome, hepatopulmonary syndrome, hypersplenism, and liver cancer.
  • Treatment of cirrhosis is designed to prevent further damage to the liver, treat complications of cirrhosis, and preventing or detecting liver cancer early.
  • Transplantation of the liver is becoming an important option for treating patients with advanced cirrhosis.
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Comment from: Michwebmd, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 01

My best friend has cirrhosis of the liver and never drank. It is fatty liver cirrhosis, as she always ate fattening foods, from cakes to cereals, etc. She was always overweight, but not way overweight, like 250 for a 5 foot 7 girl. However, now that she has cirrhosis, her life is miserable. Her legs have swollen up, a lot of edema, her spleen is now enlarged, and her abdomen is enlarged. She has been trying to eat healthy, but it may be too late. It seems very scary.

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Comment from: who, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I am in stage 3 to 4 cirrhosis of the liver. I have hepatitis C and went through the injection treatment 11 years ago. Recently I found out its back. I hope for more treatment in 6 to 8 weeks. I have dark urine and unsettled stomach. I am 58 years old, better start living life.

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