Liver cirrhosis, a response to scarring of the liver as a result of fibrosis, is one of the most serious types of alcoholic liver disease. The condition is irreversible unless caught early. Some of the signs of cirrhosis are:
- Redness of palms
- Contracture of finger muscles
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Easy bleeding or bruising
According to the CDC and American Liver Foundation, an estimated 31,000 people die of cirrhosis each year. Chronic alcoholism and hepatitis B are the major causes of liver cirrhosis.
We at Bel Marra Health have compiled some of our recent articles to help you understand more about liver cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis of the liver is when the liver starts deteriorating to the point that it is unable to function as normal. Healthy tissue is replaced by scar tissue, blocking the blood flow. Cirrhosis of the liver is irreversible.
The liver is a vital organ in the body because of hundreds of functions it performs. Some of these functions include taking up and storing nutrients from food, making new proteins, producing bile, and removing waste products.
The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself, but if scarring is severe, it is unable to heal, so it deteriorates over time. AS cirrhosis gets worse, the liver failure sets in.
Common causes of cirrhosis include alcohol, chronic hepatitis C, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and chronic hepatitis B. Continue reading…
This article will lay out the stages of liver cirrhosis, as well as cirrhosis of the liver life expectancy. But first, what is liver cirrhosis? Cirrhosis of the liver is a specific condition that occurs when healthy liver cells are slowly replaced by scar tissue. As a progressive disease, cirrhosis of the liver can take many years to develop.
Liver cirrhosis is common in alcoholics and patients suffering from hepatitis B. Continue reading…
Anything we put in our body at some point gets filtered through the liver, and this is why our diet can play such a large role in the development of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a type of liver disease which progresses from fibrosis – scarring of the liver. In cirrhosis, the scarring is irreversible, and this can be a result of alcohol abuse, viral hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease.
The liver is the only organ that can regenerate and heal itself, and this may be possible if cirrhosis is mild. If severe, though, the progression of cirrhosis will eventually bring the function of the liver to a halt. Continue reading…
Ascites is an indicator of advanced liver disease and liver cirrhosis. Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity, separated by the diaphragm. Abdominal organs are contained in a sac called the peritoneum. There is normally no fluid found in this area, except in some women during menstrual cycles and even that is below an ounce.
When fluid does fill up this area, it is abnormal and could be a sign of serious illness and a condition known as ascites. Continue reading…
Liver fibrosis or scarring, leading cause of liver cirrhosis can be prevented with asthma drug: Study
Liver fibrosis or liver scarring is a common cause of liver cirrhosis that experts now say could potentially be prevented with a drug normally used to help prevent allergies and asthma.
At least 30 million Americans have some form of liver disease. Some of these people suffer from liver fibrosis, which is the excessive buildup of scar tissue that can occur when inflammation and liver cell death occurs in many different types of chronic liver diseases. What happens with liver scarring is that abnormal areas of cells form as dying liver cells are replaced by regenerating cells. Continue reading…