Cirrhosis of the liver

Liver Disease

Cirrhosis

Substantial loss of liver function and eventually failure

 

If liver scarring, or Fibrosis, is left undiagnosed and untreated, scar tissue can build to the point of Cirrhosis of the Liver. 

At this stage, so much healthy liver tissue has been replaced by scar tissue that the liver is compromised to the point where invasive liver treatment or transplant is required.  If allowed to progress, cirrhosis will lead to liver failure and death.

Causes of Cirrhosis Include

Chronic Alcoholism
Chronic Viral Hepatitis
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The progression of liver disease

Understanding the progression of liver disease may help you make better health choices.

NAFLD | NASH

NAFLD | NASH

NAFLD is the most prevalent liver disease in developed countries. It is characterized by fat build up in the liver, typically does not cause noticeable symptoms, and marks the beginning of liver disease. Prolonged fat accumulation leads to chronic inflammation and the development of NASH.

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Fibrosis

Fibrosis

When NASH and chronic inflammation go untreated it will start to cause the liver to scar. These scar tissues will replace the healthy liver tissue and reduce liver function. May see symptoms such as abdominal pain and swelling.

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Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis

High accumulation of scar tissue leads to Cirrhosis of the liver which noticeably reduces liver function, and if left untreated, can lead to liver failure. Key symptoms include jaundice, gastrointestinal bleeding and significant abdominal swelling.

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Liver Cancer

Liver Cancer

Chronic inflammation and Cirrhosis (scarring) can lead to malignancy within the liver, or liver cancer. The most common type of primary liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma, which displays similar symptoms to cirrhosis and can also lead to liver failure.

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