Comprehensive Care for Liver Cirrhosis at Medica
The liver is a big organ in the belly that filters blood and conducts many other critical bodily activities. It’s also referred to as a gland because it produces substances that the body needs. The liver can be damaged by certain diseases and lifestyles, but there are several strategies to safeguard this crucial organ. Cirrhosis is a late-stage liver condition in which good liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue, causing permanent damage to the liver. Scar tissue obstructs your liver’s ability to function normally.
How common is cirrhosis?
Every year, approximately 10 lakh new cases of liver cirrhosis are diagnosed in India. According to the World Health Organization, liver disease is the tenth leading cause of mortality in India. Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata has dedicated clinics to chronic liver diseases. Our Liver Cirrhosis Clinic treats innumerous patients diagnosed with last stage liver damage.
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Cirrhosis symptoms vary depending on the stage of the disease. You may not have any symptoms in the early stages. If you do have symptoms, keep in mind that some are generic and could be confused for those of a variety of other diseases and illnesses.
Early symptoms and indications of cirrhosis includes:
- Loss of Appetite
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Unexpected Weight Loss
- Skin & Nail Discoloration(They turn yellowish like in Jaundice)
- Fluid Retention in the Abdomen
One must understand as the condition of the patient’s liver starts to deteriorate further, the patient will start to exhibit more severe symptoms. Thoses symptoms will differ according to the progression of the patient’s liver condition.
Is irrhosis painful?
Cirrhosis can be excruciatingly painful, especially as the disease progresses. Cirrhosis patients report pain in up to 82 percent of cases, and more than half of these people believe their agony lasts a long time (chronic).
Abdominal pain is a common symptom of liver disease. In your right upper abdomen, just beneath your ribcage, discomfort in your liver can feel as a slow throbbing pain or a stabbing sensation. Swelling from fluid retention and cirrhosis-related enlargement of the spleen and liver can also produce general abdominal pain and discomfort.
Anything that damages the liver can lead to cirrhosis. The causes of Liver Cirrhosis are as follows:
- Consuming Excessive Alcohol
- Hepatitis & AUtoimmune Hepatitis
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Inherited Disorders
- Chronic Heart Conditions
- Other Medical Conditions such as Diabetes
Our experts will perform a physical exam and may prescribe one or more of the following tests to diagnose cirrhosis:
- Blood tests
- Imaging tests
Treatment is determined by the cause of your cirrhosis and the extent of the damage. Cirrhosis has no cure, however therapies can slow or stop its progression and lessen complications.