What are the symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?
Most people with cirrhosis of the liver experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, because small amounts of liver scarring do not significantly affect liver function. When symptoms of cirrhosis develop, they may include:
- Breast enlargement
- Increased belly size
If the underlying cause of cirrhosis of the liver, such as alcoholism, is not addressed, the disease can advance and cause more severe damage to the liver tissue. This can result in symptoms such as:
Small red, spider-like blood vessels under the skin
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious disease that can lead to life-threatening complications, such as liver failure, esophageal varices, and hemorrhage. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have any of these symptoms:
Ascites (a buildup of fluid and swelling in the abdomen)
Bleeding, such as vomiting blood or heavy rectal bleeding
Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
Edema (swelling) in the legs
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
Muscle tremors or shakiness
Poor cognitive functioning, due to the liver’s inability to filter toxins and a buildup of waste products in the blood and brain
Severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
What is cirrhosis of the liver?
Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious disease that causes permanent damage to the liver. The liver is a vital organ located in the right upper area of your abdomen under the ribs. Normal liver function is crucial to your overall health and life. Cirrhosis of the liver is caused by an underlying disease or condition that leads to the formation of scar tissue in the liver. Scar tissue reduces the l... Read more about cirrhosis of the liverintroduction
What causes cirrhosis of the liver?
Cirrhosis of the liver is caused by an underlying disease or condition that results in inflammation and the formation of scar tissue in the liver. Some types of cirrhosis are preceded by a condition called steatohepatitis, commonly referred to as a fatty liver, which is a buildup of fat cells and enlargement of the liver. If the cause of fatty liver is not addressed, it can eventually lead to p... Read more about cirrhosis of the livercauses