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What are the stages of cirrhosis?

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Cirrhosis is when the healthy cells in your liver get damaged and replaced by scar tissue. It has two main stages -- compensated and decompensated. Compensated cirrhosis has no symptoms. There are still enough healthy liver cells to meet your body’s needs. They compensate, or make up for, the damaged cells and scarred tissue. If you have decompensated cirrhosis, you'll need a liver transplant.

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Cirrhosis.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cirrhosis.”

CDC: “What is Viral Hepatitis?”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis D.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Cirrhosis.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Cirrhosis.”

CDC: “What is Viral Hepatitis?”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Hepatitis D.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 20, 2019

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