Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring, called fibrosis, damages the liver. The scarring replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally. The most common causes of cirrhosis are alcohol use disorder and some types of hepatitis.

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Placement of liver in body with detail of a normal liver and a liver with cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring, called fibrosis, damages the liver. The scarring replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally.

The most common causes of cirrhosis are alcohol use disorder and some types of hepatitis.

Current as ofNovember 7, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
W. Thomas London MD - Hepatology

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