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Understanding the Symptoms of Cirrhosis

What Are the Symptoms of Cirrhosis?

Often, no symptoms of cirrhosis appear until the disease has entered the late stages.

When symptoms occur, they can include:

Understanding Cirrhosis

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  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
  • Unusual gain or loss of weight
  • Yellow coloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Bloody, black stools or unusually light-colored stools
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Prolonged generalized itching
  • Swollen feet or legs
  • Red palms
  • Sleep disturbances and confusion
  • Fatigue or loss of stamina
  • Enlarged breasts in men
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Menstrual changes in women
  • Spider-like blood vessels on chest and shoulders
  • Unusual bruising

Call Your Doctor About Cirrhosis If:

You notice any of the cirrhosis symptoms listed above. Without proper treatment, cirrhosis can be fatal.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on March 01, 2015

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