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Cirrhosis of the Liver

The liver is an organ not thought of very often. Two of the most important functions of the liver is to cleanse blood of toxins and to help in the absorption of nutrients. Cirrhosis of the liver can inhibit the functions of the liver. Making it filter nutrients and absorbing toxins.

Cirrhosis of the liver is scarring that inhibits liver function. It is a response to years of damage or abuse. Causes of this scarring can be diseases like hepatitis, cystic fibrosis, fatty liver, or from inherited sugar metabolism disorders, as well as abuse from chronic alcohol abuse.
A healthy liver is smooth and relatively free of foreign material. An unhealthy liver looks lumpy and discolored.
Since the liver is not easily seen, here are a few symptoms to look for:

  • Fatigue
  • Easily bruised or bleeding
  • Itchy skin
  • Jaundice- yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Ascites- a collection of fluid in the abdomen
  • Nausea and loss of appetite
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Weight loss

It is easy to brush off a doctor’s visit for just one of the above symptoms, but it is always advantageous to schedule an appointment if the symptom persists or if multiple symptoms crop up. Cirrhosis is a serious disease and once scarring is present it cannot be undone. Each scar diminishes function and can be life threatening if not treated.
Treatment depends on the type of cirrhosis and the amount of scarring present. In severe cases a liver transplant may be necessary. In mild cases the treatment may be a low sodium diet, ceasing alcohol consumption, medication, and drastic change in diet. Scarring cannot be reversed, but early detection is the key to slowing the process.

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