Cirrhosis of the Liver

Picture comparing normal liver to 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 alcoholism and some types of hepatitis.

Current as ofNovember 7, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
W. Thomas London, MD - Internal Medicine, Hepatology

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