One of the life-threatening liver conditions is cirrhosis. This is commonly known as the scarring of the liver tissues. This occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissues, which doesn’t allow the organ to functional normally. Cirrhosis can lead to the organ’s failure in the final stages.
Here are seven random facts worth knowing about cirrhosis.
- Liver cirrhosis is mostly related to long term damage to the organ. Apart from genetic causes and deficiencies, it can be related to bile flow, viral infections like hepatitis, and exposure to drugs.
- Alcohol abuse is one of the major reasons for cirrhosis, and many studies have linked heavy drinking with many other conditions of the liver and digestive system. Experts of USPI don’t recommend more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
- Yes, wine and alcohol are good for the body in smaller amounts, but it doesn’t mean that these choices are great for the liver too. You may have heard how people in France have reduced heart disease because of wine consumption, but did you know that the rate of cirrhosis in the country is high?
- The early signs of liver cirrhosis include fatigue, pain in the abdomen, swelling in the upper part of the abdomen and jaundice. Patients also tend to have frequent infections and are more prone to bruising and bleeding. In some cases, liver cirrhosis is related to cognitive issues like confusion, as well.
- There is no known cure of cirrhosis. However, medications can be used to preserve and save the healthy liver tissues. In many cases, lifestyle changes are recommended to reverse the damage to some extent. The complications of cirrhosis can be severe at time, and the last resort is often surgery.
- Contrary to popular belief, liver transplant is a fairly successful procedure. It is often considered to be the final option to treat cirrhosis, and it doesn’t affect the donor. The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself, so the donor’s liver will get back to its normal size.
- Lifestyle changes for treating cirrhosis may include changes in diet. Your doctor may advise you to avoid certain medications that can impact the organ further. Alcohol should be off your list completely, and it is always advised to get immunized for the common viral diseases of the liver, such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
Check with your doctor know if you have any signs of liver damage.