Cirrhosis (of the liver)
Cirrhosis of the liver is a condition in which the liver responds to the injury or death of some of its cells by producing interlacing strands of fibrous tissue, between which are nodules of re-generating cells. The liver therefore becomes tawny and characteristically knobbly (due to the nodules).
There are many possible causes of cirrhosis of the liver.
These can include:
- Alcoholism (alcoholic cirrhosis)
- Viral hepatitis (postnecrotic cirrhosis)
- Chronic obstruction of the common bile duct (secondary bilary cirrhosis)
- Auto-Immune Diseases (chronic aggressive hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis)
- Chronic heart failure (cardiac cirrhosis).
Symptoms & Effects of cirrhosis of the liver may include:
- Portal hypertension
- Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity)
- Hepatic encephalopathy
Current conventional medical opinion is that cirrhosis cannot be cured but its progress may be stopped, i.e. it can be prevented from getting worse by removal of the cause.
More about the Digestive System:
This section includes pages about:
- Introduction to the Digestive System
- Terminology about Digestion
- Passage through the alimentary tract
- Component Parts of the Digestive System, incl. Teeth, Stomach, Liver, Small Intestine, Large Intestine
- Chemical Processes in the Digestive System (introductory level)
- Diseases and Disorders of the Digestive System
For further information see also our pages of books about gastroenterology.
- The digestive system (introduction)
- Digestive System Terminology
- Main Stages of the Digestive Process
- Transit through the Alimentary Canal
- Absorption Sites
- Structures of the mouth
- Teeth - as part of the digestive system
- Small Intestine
- Large Intestine
- Digestive System Diseases & Disorders