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Cirrhosis is a chronic (lifelong) liver problem. It results from damaged and scarred liver tissue. Cirrhosis can’t be cured. But it can be treated. Your doctor can tell you more.
The liver is a large organ in the upper right part of the abdomen. A healthy liver metabolizes proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It makes a digestive fluid called bile and removes toxins from the blood. The liver is also involved in the blood-clotting process.
When you have cirrhosis, your liver becomes damaged and scarred. The liver doesn’t function as it should. In some cases, cirrhosis can lead to liver failure. If it does, your doctor will tell you whether you may need a liver transplant.
Viral liver infections, such as hepatitis
Chronic bile duct blockage
Certain inherited diseases that can result in too much copper or iron being stored in the liver
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
Fatigue, weakness, and lack of appetite
Vomiting with or without blood
Weight loss or weight gain
Yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice)
Swollen abdomen and legs
Easy bruising of the skin
Dilated veins in the esophagus and stomach
Poor mental function