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Cirrhosis

long-term disease of the liver

Cirrhosis is a disease of the liver. Normal liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue. The liver does not work so well.

Cirrhosis is caused mostly by alcoholism, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Ascites (retention of fluid in the abdomen) is the most common complication for cirrhosis. The patient's skin develops a yellowish hue (jaundice) as the disease gets worse. Liver damage by cirrhosis cannot be repaired. It leads to a poor quality of life, and can cause death.