What is Cirrhosis-Of-Liver?
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver that involves the formation of fibrous (scar) tissue associated with the destruction of the normal architecture of the organ.
What are the causes, incidence and risk factors of Cirrhosis-Of-Liver?
The causes include:
1.Alcohol excess: Half of all cases of cirrhosis are due to alcohol excess.
2.Chronic viral hepatitis: the two important viruses are hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
3.Autoimmune chronic active hepatitis: another uncommon condition that results in the body's immune system attacking and destroying liver cells.
4.Drugs and chemicals: a number of drugs and chemicals can cause liver damage but few cause cirrhosis.
5.Metabolic and inherited disorders: These are a number of uncommon conditions that allow the accumulation of toxins in the liver.
What are the symptoms of Cirrhosis-Of-Liver-Disease?
Many people with cirrhosis have no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, as scar tissue replaces healthy cells, liver function starts to fail and a person may experience the following symptoms:
1.exhaustion and fatigue.
2.loss of appetite.
3.nausea and weakness.
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Diagnosis & Tests
If looking at the liver is necessary to check for signs of disease after physical examination, an expert might order a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or a scan of the liver using a radioisotope (a harmless radioactive substance that highlights the liver). Or he might look at the liver using a laparoscope.
A liver biopsy will confirm the diagnosis.