Liver Cirrhosis: A Deadly Disease That Requires Immediate Attention
Liver Cirrhosis is a medical condition in which the scar tissues gradually replace the healthy liver cells. It is a disease that develops over several years. If this disease is left untreated for a long time then the buildup of scar tissues can eventually stop liver function.
Signs and Symptoms
A liver cirrhosis patient may have few to no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. The common signs or symptoms of liver cirrhosis are as follows:
- Weakness or fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowish skin that results from the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood.
- Pain or tenderness in the region where liver is located.
- Loss of weight
The signs become severe as the disease progresses. These severe symptoms include accelerated heartbeat, bleeding gums, jaundice or yellowing of skin, tongue and whites of the eye, lost mass in the body and upper arms, frequent fevers and increased risk of infection, dark urine and black, tarry or very pale stool, nose bleeding, problem with mobility and walking etc. If you experience any of these symptoms then make sure to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Stages of Liver Cirrhosis
Cirrhosis is already a later stage of liver damage. Liver is exposed to inflammation in the early stages and if this inflammation is not treated on time then it can lead to scaring. At this stage, it is possible to treat this medical condition. The later stages involve the development of swelling in the abdomen and advanced liver scarring. The condition may become severe and can be life-threatening for the patients who develop the end-stage liver disease (ESLD) that can only be treated with a liver transplant.
The treatment of this medical condition majorly depends on the extent of damage and its cause. On the basis of extent of damage, the treatment is prescribed by the doctor. The major aim of the treatment is to slow the progression of scar tissues and prevent or treat the complications associated with the patient’s medical condition. For last stage patients, liver transplant is the only option. To know more about Liver Cirrhosis consult our medical professionals at the PSRI Hospital. To book your appointment call on 9582261502.