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What is Cirrhosis of The Liver?

Cirrhosis of the liver is a condition in which healthy liver tissues are replaced by scar tissues, causing a reduction in the liver’s capacity to perform its numerous vital functions. This condition can be caused by several factors, with the most common being alcohol dependence and chronic hepatitis.  It can also result from other liver diseases, such as hepatitis B, hemochromatosis, or autoimmune hepatitis. Although liver damage from cirrhosis cannot be reversed, treatment can stop or slow down the disease progression and reduce the risk of complications. In the early stages, many people tend to have no noticeable symptoms because the liver can function with fewer than normal healthy cells. However, further progression can cause the individual to lose their appetite, shed weight, and experience weakness and fatigue. The treatment modality for cirrhosis depends on the underlying cause. 

Tumors Of The Liver

Liver tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors in the liver are an extremely rare formation. Conversely, two main types of cancerous liver tumors exist, including metastases, those that spread from another part of the body, and primary cancers, which originate in the liver itself. Once cancer has spread to the liver, the prognosis is poor. The incidence of liver cancer is twice as high in men as in women and is usually diagnosed after age 60. 


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