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Symptoms of cirrhosis may indicate severe disease

Symptoms of cirrhosis may indicate severe disease

Cirrhosis is a disease caused by the formation of nodules and scars in the liver, which occur when liver tissue is assaulted by external agents, especially excessive alcohol consumption. a body that performs different functions in the body such as producing proteins that help blood clotting, storing nutrients, making bile, a substance needed to aid in the digestion of food, breaking down saturated fat and producing cholesterol. In addition, the organ is responsible for ridding the body of toxins present in alcohol and drugs.

Symptoms of cirrhosis:

Symptoms of cirrhosis can be characterized by the stage at which the disease is found:


  • Changes in menstrual flow
  • Loss of hair
  • Weakness
  • More advanced phase (severe condition)

Yellow eyes

  • Advanced hepatic impairment
  • Encephalopathy
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Critical phase


Causes of cirrhosis:

According to the gastroenterologist of the Hospital Samaritano of São Paulo, Luiz Arnaldo Szutan, there are three factors that may lead to the development of cirrhosis:

Abusive use of alcohol:

The liver has enzymes capable of minimizing the effects of alcohol on the body. However, when a very high amount of alcohol is ingested, the liver cells are affected and can not be renewed. This causes scars to appear on the surface of the liver.

Chronic hepatitis

Type B and C hepatitis are capable of causing cirrhosis. This is because the virus attacks the liver cells and begins to multiply, thus causing inflammation of the organ.

Liver Steatosis

It is a buildup of fat in liver cells and can damage liver cells, thus causing a of cirrhosis. The disease can be divided into alcoholic (when there is abuse of alcoholic beverage) or non-alcoholic (when there is no alcoholic beverage intake).

When to seek help:

Health care and examinations that help to identify if there is any problem needs to be done annually. However, if the patient notices that the first symptoms remain for more than a week, it is important to seek medical help.

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