A degenerative disease of the liver resulting in scarring and liver failure.
If you’re experiencing new, severe, or persistent symptoms, contact a health care provider.
Cirrhosis is usually asymptomatic especially in the initial stages. Symptoms are seen in advanced stages after extensive liver damage. When symptoms do occur, they are often non-specific like:
- Muscle cramps
- Weight loss
- Upper abdominal pain
Other symptoms include:
- Easy bruising and bleeding
- Swelling of legs
- Reduction in breast size
- Irregular periods in women
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- Several conditions and diseases can cause liver damage leading to cirrhosis.
The most common causes of liver cirrhosis are:
- Chronic alcohol abuse
- Chronic viral hepatitis (B or C)
- Non alcoholic liver disease; fatty liver
– Other causes include:
- Hemochromatosis (abnormal accumulation of iron in the body)
- Wilson’s disease (abnormal accumulation of copper in the body)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Biliary atresia (poorly formed bile duct)
- Autoimmune liver disease
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis (hardening and scarring of bile ducts)
– The risk factors include:
- Excessive alcohol consumptiion
- Viral Hepatitis
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