What Is Cirrhosis and What Cause It?

Q:
What is cirrhosis and what cause it?

A:
Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring of the liver. It occurs in response to damage to the liver. It may make it difficult for the liver to function.

Following factors are main causes of cirrhosis:

  • Chronic alcohol abuse.
  • Chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B and C).
  • Fat accumulating in the liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease).

Other possible causes include:

  • Iron buildup in the body.
  • Cystic fibrosis.
  • Copper accumulated in the liver.
  • Poorly formed bile ducts.
  • Inherited disorders of sugar metabolism.
  • Genetic digestive disorder.
  • Liver disease caused by your body’s immune system.
  • Destruction of the bile ducts.
  • Hardening and scarring of the bile ducts.
  • Infection such schistosomiasis.
  • Medications such as methotrexate.
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