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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