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Cirrhosis of the Liver

A Leading Cause of Death Among Chronic Alcoholics

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Updated June 23, 2014

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Cirrhosis Is a Serious Threat

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Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the leading causes of death among chronic alcoholics. Here is information and research on cirrhosis from the National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse

Causes of Cirrhosis
In the United States, chronic alcoholism and hepatitis C are the most common causes.

Complications
Loss of liver function affects the body in many ways. These are common problems, or complications, caused by cirrhosis.

Diagnosis
The doctor may diagnose cirrhosis on the basis of symptoms, laboratory tests, the patient's medical history, and a physical examination.

Treatment of Cirrhosis
Liver damage from cirrhosis cannot be reversed, but treatment can stop or delay further progression and reduce complications.

Alcohol and the Liver
Alcohol-induced liver disease is a major cause of illness and death in the United States, sometimes it is reversible, others not.

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National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse

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