Cirrhosis Of The Liver
Cirrhosis of the liver is a chronic disease of the liver that is marked by degeneration of cells, inflammation, and fibrous thickening of tissue. It is typically a result of alcoholism or viral hepatitis (which has three types: A, B and C). It can also be caused by exposure to and/or unsafe handling of chemicals. At first, cirrhosis patients may experience fatigue, weakness, and weight loss. Later, they may develop jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes), gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal swelling, and confusion. Cirrhosis is a progressive disease that effects liver function. Once damaged, liver tissue can not be repaired although damage can be limited by treatment or discontinuation of the factors that are causing it. Severe cirrhosis can be eliminated through a liver transplant. Untreated, cirrhosis is eventually fatal.