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CIRRHOSIS – ONGOING AILMENT OF THE LIVER (Overview)

Cirrhosis is an ongoing ailment of the liver. In other words, it may be said that due to the injury to the natural liver tissue which maintains this vital limb cannot function properly. In case the injury is not prevented, in course of time the liver fails its capacity to perform its regular functions. This is known as liver collapse, occasionally it may be stated as the last point of liver ailment.

Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver:-

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The indications of cirrhosis of the liver differ with the phase of the ailment. At the outset, no signs may not be seen. As soon as the sickness deteriorates, the symptoms may contain:

  • Want of energy (fatigue) may be devastating
  •  Itchy skin
  • Bruises
  • Yellowing of the skin or the whites of eyes (jaundice).
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Light colored stools.
  • An orange or brownish color to the urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Disorientation, confusion, personality changes
  • Blood in the stool
  • Fluid retention (edema) and inflammation in the legs, abdomen, and ankles (often an early symptom)

Diagnosis of Cirrhosis of the Liver:-

Cirrhosis of the liver is detected through numerous systems:

  • Physical exam: At the time of the physical exam the attending doctor can examine variations in liver sufferings or enlargement (a cirrhotic liver is rough and uneven rather than soft).
  • Blood tests: In case the doctor guesses cirrhosis, blood tests will be prescribed to detect whether a liver ailment is present.
  • Other tests: In some situations, other tests which take pictures of the liver are done viz. an ultrasound, CT scan, or a radioisotope liver/spleen scan, etc.

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  • Biopsy: The doctor may take a decision to verify the analysis by taking a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the liver.
  • Surgery: In various cases, cirrhosis is detected during surgery when the doctor is capable to look at the whole liver.
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CIRRHOSIS – ONGOING AILMENT OF THE LIVER

Dr. Ozair

Written by Dr. Ozair (CEO of SignSymptom.com) as physician writers are physicians who write creatively in fields outside their practice of medicine.