Liver Cirrhosis Symptoms and Signs

Liver Cirrhosis symptoms and signs. Hepatocellular Carcinoma, , Liver Fibrosis, Chronic (CLD) and Liver Inflammation (Chronic Hepatitis) are fatal .

There are 3 million patients diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis, every year in United Satets. Liver Cirrhosis leads to chronic liver damage, from variety of causes, leading to liver scarring and liver failure.

Liver Cirrhosis is a hardening of the liver as a result of increase in the fibrous tissue and a degeneration of active liver cells. Liver Cirrhosis is caused by certain conditions of malnutrition.

There is considerable evidence indicating Liver Cirrhosis due to use called alcoholic liver cirrhosis. However, some special types of liver cirrhosis are caused by infectious diseases. For example, syphilitic cirrhosis is considered as a rare disease, caused by syphilis. Which leads to peculiar nodular condition of the organ called hepar lobatum.

Liver Cirrhosis symptoms and signs

Liver cirrhosis Symptoms and Signs

Cirrhosis of the liver is slow and gradual in its development. It is usually well advanced before its symptoms are noticeable enough to trigger alarm. Weakness and loss of weight may be early symptoms. Chronic disturbances of digestion usually develop. The liver may be either enlarged, normal or even small in size. If enlarged, it is usually a general enlargement, leaving the organ with a smooth surface. The digestive disturbances may begin with a poor appetite, but they are likely to go on to indigestion, pain in the upper right quarter of the abdomen and occasional vomiting of bloody material.

Liver cirrhosis Types

There are two general types of liver cirrhosis. In one, obstruction of the portal vein occurs, resulting in a collection of fluid in the abdomen and dropsy (swelling) of the lower limbs. This type is the more common and usually occurs in the middle-aged. In the other type, there has been a previous inflammation of the liver tissue due to which the small bile ducts are obstructed leading to the development of . This type usually common in younger people.

The liver tends to be enlarged and smooth, there is no collection of fluid in the abdomen, and the other symptoms are more mild than in cases caused by obstruction of the portal vein. Either type of cirrhosis runs a course of several years. Large veins are often seen over the abdomen, especially in the region of the navel and across the body near the diaphragm. There are also enlarged veins in the rectum (hemorrhoids) intestines, stomach, and the esophagus, though their presence may remain unknown because they cannot be seen.

Liver cirrhosis Symptoms

Symptoms of liver cirrhosis may vary from patient to patient but some commonly reported symptoms of liver cirrhosis are mentioned below

  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Itchy skin
  • Yellow discoloration of the skin (jaundice)
  • Fluid accumulation in  abdominal cavity (ascites)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Weight loss

Death from liver cirrhosis not infrequently happens as a result of a hemorrhage caused by the rupture of’ enlarged veins about the lower end of the esophagus. Cirrhosis of the liver used to be considered an incurable disease, but with modern methods of treatment,  life may be considerably prolonged in most cases and the progress of the condition may be permanently checked in many. This is particularly fortunate in view of the apparently growing incidence of the disease.

Chronic Liver Disease (CLD)

Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) refers to disease of the liver, lasted over 6 months. Chronic liver disease is marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. There are wide range of liver diseases that fall under this category of Chronic Liver Disease (CLD). These include Liver Inflammation (Chronic Hepatitis), Liver Cirrhosis, Liver Fibrosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Chronic Liver Disease treatment depends on the cause. While some conditions may be treated with medications, others require surgery or a transplant. Patient requires Liver transplant when the liver fails and there is no other alternative.

About Dr. Arslan Malik

Dr. Arslan Malik
Arslan Malik is noted health blogger, public health activist, aspiring dreamer and avid reader. With doctor in pharmacy, he has worked closely with various health organizations, multinational pharmaceuticals and community health programs. Beside his professional practice, he has an avid interest in writing and teaching Physiology and Medicines. He covers variety of topics from Nutrition and Natural Care to Diseases, Treatments, Drug Interactions, Preventive Care and Clinical Research.

2 comments

  1. sami jadoon

    Asalam o Alaikum Siri am Sami ullah Khan jadoon Advocate from Lahore
    Cell No: 0333-4422067
    My Father is hep c patient diagnosed last year.And advised to take peg interferon inj. but unfortunately after 2 injections he became CLD Patient. The question i want to ask that Soaldi Medicine can Work for CLD Patient ???? If yes or No plz Send your reply in my inbox. I aill visit you Soon..
    Allah aap pe aur aap ki family pe Rehmat Farmaye plz Ans zarur kijye ga I am Very disturbed because abu buhat weak hoty ja rahay hain blood pressure aur sugar ka masla bhe bun gaya hai … Hope aap positively reply karain

    • Adnan Malik
      Adnan Malik

      @Sami,
      Hepatitis C patient with Chronic Liver Disease can be treated with Sovaldi. However, it depends upon cause and progress stage of CLD. Usually, liver transplant is required before Sovaldi treatment, if the patient has developed Carcinoma.

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