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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

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Cirrhosis is a serious degenerative disease that occurs when healthy cells in the liver are damaged and replaced by scar tissue, usually as a result of alcohol abuse or chronic hepatitis. As liver cells give way to tough scar tissue, the organ loses its ability to function properly. Severe damage can lead to liver failure and possibly death.

From: Cirrhosis and Your Liver WebMD Medical Reference

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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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