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What problems can I get from cirrhosis?

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Cirrhosis is when the healthy cells in your liver get damaged and replaced by scar tissue. Without treatment, your liver will start to fail over time. It can lead to problems like these:

  • You bleed from large blood vessels in your esophagus (bleeding varices).
  • Fluid builds up in your belly (ascites, pronounced “ah-SIGH-tees”).
  • Toxins build up in your blood that can cause confusion (encephalopathy).
  • Your eyes and skin are yellow (jaundice).
  • You get gallstones.
  • You bruise and bleed easily.

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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