Basic Information about Cirrhosis

Q:
What is cirrhosis?

A:
Cirrhosis is a serious liver disease. It happens when scarred tissues take the place of normal liver cells. It is serious because liver is one of the most important organs, which:

  • Produces bile that decompose fat;
  • Maintains the proper proportion of blood;
  • Filters harmful masses;
  • Assists removal of bacteria;
  • Is an essential part of the immune system.

In this case, if the liver malfunctions, the body will be greatly affected. The causes of cirrhosis vary from person to person. In general, the common ones include:

  • Long-term excessive consumption of alcohol;
  • Viral hepatitis B and C;
  • Fatty liver by obesity or diabetes;
  • Immune system diseases;
  • Inherited liver diseases.

The disease will develop from compensated cirrhosis to decompensated cirrhosis with the following signs appearing:

  • jaundice
  • increased risk of bleeding
  • buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • reduced brain function
  • yellowed skins and eyes
  • swollen legs
  • easier bleeding and bruising; and so on

Although the cirrhosis is not curable, it is still treatable by medications and home remedies:

  • Steroid-based drugs to counter infections such as hepatitis B and C;
  • Phlebotomy or venesection to treat Genetic Haemochromatosis (GH);
  • Reducing and managing complications;
  • Finally, liver transplantation;
  • Never drinking alcohols, especially for alcoholic cirrhosis patients;
  • Keeping a heathy lifestyle;
  • Eating healthily with balanced nutrition;
  • Exercising regularly and reasonably.

The prognosis and life expectancy of cirrhosis patients will be improved if the patients follow the doctors’ advices and the above ‘treatment’.

Contact your doctor for further information then.

 

Keyword: cirrhosis.