Cirrhosis of the liver
is a condition in which the liver responds to the injury of death of
some of its cells by producing interlacing strands of fibrous tissue,
between which are nodules of re-generating cells. The liver therefore
becomes tawny and characteristically knobbly (due to the nodules).
There are many possible causes of cirrhosis of the liver.
These may include:
- Alcoholism (alcoholic cirrhosis)
- Viral hepatitis (postnecrotic cirrhosis)
- Chronic obstruction of the common
bile duct (secondary bilary cirrhosis)
- Auto-Immune Diseases (chronic aggressive
hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis)
- Chronic heart
failure (cardiac cirrhosis)
Symptoms & Effects of cirrhosis of the liver
- Portal hypertension
- Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity)
- Hepatic encephalopathy
Current conventional medical opinion is that cirrhosis
cannot be cured but its progress may be stopped, i.e. it can be prevented
from getting worse, if the cause is removed.