Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Cirrhosis

 

Overview

Cirrhosis is a degenerative liver disease that causes scarring of the liver tissue after it is damaged. This disease changes the structure of the liver and related blood vessels feeding the tissue. It hampers the liver’s functions of processing proteins and making hormones.

 

Causes

Excessive alcohol consumption, bile duct injury, prolonged exposure to toxins and poisons (from the environment), viral hepatitis and poor nutrition are some of the most general causes of cirrhosis. Auto immune disorders, blocked bile ducts, congestive heart failure and gall bladder surgery may also be responsible for this condition. Non alcoholic fatty liver diseases that are due to the accumulation of fat in the liver cells can ultimately cause cirrhosis. Other probable causes can be inherited genetic disorders, abnormalities of the immune system, ulcerative colitis and unusual reactions to drugs. Long standing inflammation or body infections may also result in cirrhosis of the liver.  

 

Symptoms

Innumerable symptoms are present for cirrhosis of the liver. Some of them are frequent attacks of indigestion, weakness, nausea, vomiting, low fever, oedema, weight loss, abdominal pain, fatigue and jaundiced skin (where the skin is yellowish in colour). A person may also have muscle deterioration, a tendency for easy bleeding or bruising, loss of appetite, itchy skin, reduced levels of concentration and changes in sleep patterns. An enlarged liver or spleen, development of gall stones, spider veins, blood in the stool and dark urine can perhaps be other symptoms of cirrhosis. There is widespread scarring of liver tissue as a response to damage over the years and it may further result in more complications. This ailment affects the normal liver functions of eliminating toxins that can further lead to brain disorders. A person may frequently get infections and there is a possibility of liver or kidney failure that is a life threatening situation.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor can detect the possibility of cirrhosis through a multi faceted approach. The doctor will do a physical examination of the patient, note the symptoms and medical history and suggest certain routine tests. Further tests like liver function tests, biopsy and imaging procedures may be recommended by the doctor to determine the severity of the cirrhosis and its related complications. The tests done may help the doctor to spot the underlying causes of this condition.

 

Treatment

The doctor decides on a treatment plan best suitable to the patient taking various factors into consideration like the age of the patient, stage of the ailment, etc. Medication can be prescribed to give relief from the symptoms and to treat the complications. It is helpful in slowing the process of liver degeneration. In extreme problematic cases, the doctor can suggest surgery or a liver transplantation.

 

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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