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Symptoms of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver

Symptoms of Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver: Introduction

Most people with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver experience no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, because small amounts of scarring do not significantly affect the functioning of the liver. However, if the cause of the alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver is not addressed, the disease will advance and damage to the liver tissue enough to produce symptoms. Alcoholic hepatitis may occur with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.

Symptoms may include poor appetite, fatigue, weight loss, and weakness. As the disease develops, complications can occur with further symptoms, such as easy bruising, and a build-up of extra fluid in the legs, called edema, or the abdomen, called ascites. Blood pressure can rise in the abdomen, resulting in portal hypertension, which causes the veins of the esophagus to swell. These bulging veins are called esophageal varices, and they can burst, leading to life-threatening hemorrhage. An enlarged spleen (splenomegaly) also occurs.

The skin and whites of the eyes may turn yellow, a condition called jaundice. In addition, alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver may leave the liver unable to filter toxins, which can affect the brain. This is called encephalopathy, and it can result in symptoms, such as confusion, personality changes, or poor cognitive functioning.

Complications of alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver can also lead to frequent infections and liver failure and kidney failure, which can be fatal. In addition people with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver have an increased risk of developing liver cancer....more about Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver »

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