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    Cirrhosis - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will do a physical exam and ask about your medical history to see if you have symptoms of liver disease and to help find out possible causes of liver damage.

    If your doctor thinks you may have cirrhosis, you may have blood and imaging tests. You also may have a liver biopsy. This test can show for sure if you have cirrhosis.

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    Understanding Cirrhosis of the Liver

    Cirrhosis is a serious degenerative disease that occurs when healthy cells in the liver are damaged and replaced by scar tissue, usually as a result of alcohol abuse or chronic hepatitis. As liver cells give way to tough scar tissue, the organ loses its ability to function properly. Severe damage can lead to liver failure and possibly death. Cirrhosis poses another danger as well: Dense scarring slows the normal flow of blood through the liver, causing blood to find alternate pathways to return...

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    Blood tests to check liver function

    Measuring the levels of certain chemicals produced by the liver can show how well your liver is working. Blood tests may be used to measure:

    Blood tests to check for inflammation of the liver

    You may have blood tests to check your liver enzymes. These can help show whether you have had liver inflammation for a long time. These blood tests include:

    Some people with cirrhosis have normal liver enzymes.

    Blood tests to diagnose a cause of cirrhosis

    Tests to check for conditions that may cause cirrhosis include:

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