Cirrhosis

Below you will find more information about Cirrhosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cirrhosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cirrhosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cirrhosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cirrhosis is the condition in which the liver has incurred severe damages due to inflammation or fibrosis. In this state the liver is already scarred and nodules have formed in and around it. When left untreated cirrhosis can cause death as the liver can no longer deliver its normal functions.

Diagnosis

Cirrhosis is diagnosed by liver biopsy and endoscopy. Blood fluids are also taken under laboratory testing.

Treatment

Treatment is done by addressing the underlying disease that has caused it, to prevent further deterioration of the liver.

Symptoms and Signs

During its first stages cirrhosis appears to be asymptomatic. As it develops, fatigue, weight loss, hypertension, constant bruising and jaundice begin to be evident.

Causes

Cirrhosis is a result of other severe complications in the liver. The liver becomes impaired and blood clots block the way for nutrients and normal functions to pass through, making it weak and tender. Diseases such as hepatitis contribute to cirrhosis.

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