The liver carries out many important functions including metabolism control, protein synthesis, vitamin and iron storage, bile production, as well as removal of toxins from the body. If the liver does not work properly, it can lead to severe complications and even death.
Cirrhosis occurs when healthy liver cells are replaced by scar tissue. Every time the liver is injured, it tries to repair itself. If the liver is continually injured, an increasing number of healthy liver cells are replaced by scar tissue. This eventually leads to the development of cirrhosis.
What are the symptoms of liver cirrhosis?
Liver cirrhosis symptoms may not show in the early stages of the disease. However, as the disease develops and enough liver damage has occurred, you will experience the following symptoms:
Changes in personality and confusion in severe cases
Fluid build up in the abdomen (ascites)
Jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin)
Loss of weight and loss of appetite
Red spider-looking spots on your chest and back (spider angiomas)
Swelling of the legs (oedema)
Tiredness and sleepiness
What causes liver cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis of the liver can be caused by different liver diseases and conditions.