Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver as a result of damage to the liver by one of a number of different mechanisms. The scarring is accompanied by loss of functioning liver cells. Cirrhosis is usually a late-stage disease of the liver that is not reversible in severe cases.
Signs and symptoms of liver cirrhosis
- include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes),
- abdominal pain,
- loss of appetite,
- itching, and
- easy bruising.
Other associated symptoms can include
- water retention,
- vomiting blood,
- gastrointestinal bleeding,
- reduced hormone production,
- web-like swollen blood vessels in the skin,
- weight loss or gain,
- dark urine,
- shortness of breath, and
- generalized swelling in the body.
Cause of cirrhosis
Other cirrhosis symptoms and signs
- Abdominal Pain
- Dark Urine
- Easy Bruising
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
- Generalized Swelling in the Body
- Loss of Appetite
- Reduced Hormone Production
- Shortness of Breath
- Vomiting Blood
- Water Retention
- Web-like Swollen Blood Vessels in the Skin
- Weight Loss or Gain
Main Article on Cirrhosis Symptoms and Signs
Pictures, Images, Illustrations & Quizzes
Hepatitis: Surprising Things That Can Damage Your Liver
Alcohol and acetaminophen are well-known liver dangers, but what else can be harmful? WebMD says some of them may surprise you.
Liver Disease Quiz: Fatty Liver Disease, Cirrhosis & Symptoms
What is liver disease? Take the Liver Disease Quiz and test your knowledge about this organ and its function.
Do you know the symptoms of liver disease? What is hepatitis? Take this quiz to learn about your liver and how to keep it healthy.
Picture of Liver
Front View of the Liver. The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly. See a picture of the Liver...
Examples of Medications for Cirrhosis Symptoms and Signs
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter