What I need to know about Cirrhosis of the Liver

I need to know. Cirrhosis of the liver. National Institutes of Health. National Information Clearinghouse digestive ….

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What I need to know about Cirrhosis of the Liver, Contents:

  • What is cirrhosis of the liver? … 1
  • What are the symptoms of cirrhosis?… 2
  • What causes cirrhosis? … 3
  • How is cirrhosis diagnosed? … 4
  • How is cirrhosis treated? … 6
  • How can I prevent cirrhosis if I already have
  • liver disease? … 7
  • What can I do to keep cirrhosis from
  • getting worse? … 8
  • For More Information… 9
  • Acknowledgments … 10

What causes cirrhosis?

  • alcohol abuse (alcoholic liver disease)
  • chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B, C, or D)
  • autoimmune hepatitis, which is destruction of liver cells by the body’s immune system
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is fat deposits and inflammation in the liver
  • some drugs, toxins, and infections
  • blocked bile ducts, the tubes that carry bile from the liver
  • some inherited diseases such as
  • hemochromatosis (HEE-moh-KROH-muh­ TOH-sus), a disease that occurs when the body absorbs too much iron and stores the excess iron in the liver, pancreas, and other organs
  • Wilson disease, which is caused by the buildup of too much copper in the liver
  • protoporphyria (PROH-toh-pour-FEAR­ ee-uh), a disorder that affects the skin, bone marrow, and liver
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