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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

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This disease damages healthy cells in your liver and replaces them with scar tissue. The most common causes are alcohol abuse or chronic hepatitis. As liver cells give way to tough scar tissue, the organ can't work like it's supposed to. Severe damage can lead to liver failure and possibly death. The disease can't be reversed or cured except, in some cases, through a liver transplant. But it can often be slowed or halted, especially if doctors find it in the early stages. If you think you might have cirrhosis, see a doctor right away.

SOURCES: 

American Liver Foundation. 

Life Extension Foundation. 

CDC. 

National Center for Health Statistics.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Liver Foundation. 

Life Extension Foundation. 

CDC. 

National Center for Health Statistics.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 15, 2019

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