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Cirrhosis of the Liver

Oral and Gastrointestinal

Cirrhosis of the liver is long term liver damage that leads to liver failure over time. It happens when the liver tissue becomes scarred due to harmful substances, viruses, or the body’s own immune system. Cirrhosis is most often associated with heavy alcohol use, but it can happen to anyone that has a history of liver disease (including hepatitis). Around 20% of cirrhosis sufferers in the United States have the “non-alcoholic” type. Your liver filters and cleans out toxins and provides certain substances and nutrients to the body. Once the liver becomes scarred, the damage is permanent and causes the liver function to decline. In the late stages of the disease, cirrhosis can be fatal. The good news is if the disease is caught early, the damage can be slowed down.

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