Cirrhosis of the liver

Picture showing location of the liver in the body and comparing normal liver to liver with cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring, called fibrosis, damages the liver. The scarring replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally.

The most common causes of cirrhosis are alcoholism and some types of hepatitis.

Last Updated: January 22, 2010

Author: Monica Rhodes

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology

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