Chronic Liver Disease /Cirrhosis

What is chronic liver disease?

Chronic liver disease is marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. Several liver diseases fall under this category, including the following:

    * cirrhosis of the liver

    * fibrosis of the liver

What causes cirrhosis?

The most common cause of cirrhosis is alcohol abuse. Other causes include the following:

    * hepatitis and other viruses

    * use of certain drugs

    * chemical exposure

    * bile duct obstruction

    * autoimmune diseases

    * obstruction of outflow of blood from the liver (i.e., Budd-Chiari syndrome)

    * heart and blood vessel disturbances

    * alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency

    * high blood galactose levels

    * high blood tyrosine levels at birth

    * glycogen storage disease

    * cystic fibrosis

    * diabetes

    * malnutrition

    * hereditary accumulation of too much copper (Wilson's Disease) or iron (hemochromatosis)

Treatment for cirrhosis:

Specific treatment for cirrhosis will be determined by your physician based on:

    * your age, overall health, and medical history

    * extent of the disease

    * our tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapiesy

    * expectations for the course of the disease

    * your opinion or preference


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