Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring on the liver caused by various liver diseases and conditions. It is a condition in which the liver gradually deteriorates and is unable to function properly due to previous injuries. This buildup of scar tissue is typically a slow, drawn-out process.
- Alcohol-related liver disease
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Chronic hepatitis C
- Chronic hepatitis B
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal bloating
- Swelling in the feet, ankles or legs
Your GI physician may affirm diagnosis of liver cirrhosis in the following ways:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Imaging tests
- Liver biopsy
- Looking at medical and family history
Once developed, cirrhosis of the liver can be a lifelong condition. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the disease and the specific complications that are present. Avoiding alcohol and other substances or taking certain prescribed medications are a few of the common treatments. In extreme cases hospitalization may be require to manage the disease.
If you believe you may have liver complications, please request an appointment to see one of our expert physicians at Cary Gastroenterology.