Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis

Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by chronic alcoholism. Each time your liver is injured by excessive alcohol consumption it tries to repair itself. In the process, scar tissue forms. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to function (decompensated cirrhosis). If you have alcoholic cirrhosis, it is likely that your liver has not been functioning well for a long time.

The liver damage done by cirrhosis generally can't be undone. But if liver cirrhosis is diagnosed early and the cause is treated, further damage can be limited and, rarely, reversed.
  • Symptoms
  • Yellow eyes or skin

    common

    Itchy skin

    common

    Poor appetite

    common

    Sore abdomen

    • Upper right quadrant of abdomen

    common

    Swollen belly

    common

    Fatigue

    common

    Swollen blood vessels on the skin that looks like a spiders web

    common

    Weight loss

    Abdominal pain

    • In the upper right region, Located in middle upper region

    Fever

    Confusion

    Throwing up

    Gradual upper limb weakness

    or Gradual lower limb weakness

  • Risk factors
  • Alcohol consumption

    • For at least 10 years

  • Treatment
  • The main treatments are cutting out salt from your diet and taking a type of medicine called a diuretic, such as spironolactone or furosemide. If the fluid in your tummy becomes infected, you may need antibiotics. In severe cases, you may need to have the fluid drained from your tummy area with a tube.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Alcoholic Liver Disease, then a visit to a gastroenterologist is highly recommended.

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