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    Cirrhosis - Symptoms

    People who have cirrhosis sometimes don't have symptoms until liver damage is extensive. Symptoms of cirrhosis and its complications may include:

    • Fatigue.
    • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
    • Itching.
    • Swelling from fluid buildup in the legs (edema).
    • Bruising easily and having heavy nosebleeds.
    • Redness of the palms.
    • Small red spots and tiny lines on the skin called spider angiomas.
    • Weight loss and muscle wasting.
    • Belly pain or discomfort.
    • Frequent infections.
    • Confusion.

    Complications of cirrhosis

    Scar tissue from cirrhosis may block the proper flow of blood from the intestines through the liver. The scarring can lead to increased pressure in the veins that supply this area. This is called portal hypertension. It can lead to other complications, which may include:

    People who have cirrhosis also are at increased risk of getting liver cancer, mainly hepatocellular carcinoma.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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