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Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is a chronic and progressive condition characterized by the replacement of healthy liver tissue with scar tissue, resulting in impaired liver function. Contributing factors to liver cirrhosis include alcoholism, recurrent hepatitis infections, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It is essential to seek medical assistance if you suspect the development of liver cirrhosis. Our team is committed to providing a safe and healing environment, with the patient’s well-being as our top priority.

Symptoms:

In the early stages, cirrhosis may not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, symptoms may include
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling in the legs or abdomen
  • Jaundice
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

Treatments:

Treatments exist that can help control the symptoms and stop additional harm. Following are some of the usual treatments:
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS): A TIPS technique is used when varices are severe or do not respond to therapy. To redirect blood flow and lower venous pressure, a tiny stent is inserted into the liver.
Liver transplant: A liver transplant is required for severe liver cirrhosis where the liver function has been substantially compromised. It entails removing the diseased liver and swapping it out for a donor’s healthy liver.
Variceal banding: This procedure may be utilized if cirrhosis has led to the growth of varices that have the potential to burst and cause bleeding. To stop bleeding, a little rubber band is wrapped around the varices during this surgery.
Lifestyle changes: Giving up alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet will help stop the liver from suffering more harm.
Medication: Several drugs can help treat the itching, exhaustion, and fluid retention symptoms of liver cirrhosis. In rare circumstances, treatments like antivirals for hepatitis B or C may be administered to address the cirrhosis’ underlying aetiology.
It is crucial to manage liver cirrhosis and prevent complications. We monitor liver function, provide treatment for symptoms, and help individuals make necessary lifestyle changes.