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Cirrhosis of the liver is an extremely serious, life-
In the initial stage of cirrhosis of the liver, very few symptoms are encountered. Symptoms that can occur include dry mouth, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fatigue, and swelling of the upper abdomen. However, it is also possible to have early-
In the second stage of cirrhosis of the liver, the abnormal tissue growth that occurred in the first stage begins to harden into rigid lengths of connective tissue. This is also known as liver fibrosis. Fibrosis of the liver can occur in other contexts than cirrhosis, but it is also a critical point of advancement for cirrhosis. The fibrotic condition can spread beyond the liver as well, affecting nearby veins and ducts. Continued below....
In the third stage of cirrhosis, the fibrous bands of connective tissue that formed in the second stage begin to merge together, causing affected areas of the liver to become enlarged. Liver functions can begin to be seriously disrupted in this stage, affecting the body's ability to digest fats and also to process fat-
Stage 4 of cirrhosis of the liver is considered terminal. Hepatic function is severely impaired, and a liver transplant is mandatory for survival.
As long as the disease has not progressed to the terminal fourth stage, and especially when it is in its early stages, treatment of cirrhosis consists of attempting to arrest the progress of the disease. This involves identifying the causes and treating those causes.
A common cause of liver cirrhosis is alcohol abuse. If alcohol-
There is, unfortunately, no way to reverse the damage that cirrhosis does to the liver. If the progression of the disease can be arrested in an early stage, sufficient hepatic function can be retained to live a normal life. Failing that, the only treatment possible is a liver transplant with all of the complications that involves.
The best approach to cirrhosis and to liver disease in general is prevention and early diagnosis. Severe alcohol abuse has many negative impacts on health and should be arrested if it is a problem. The same is true of obesity and indeed of all of the causes of cirrhosis.
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