10 Cirrhosis Symptoms

By dr. okoye
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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Cirrhosis is a serious condition that, if not treated, can soon by classified as end-stage liver disease and is often a result of chronic liver disease 1https://www.ncb.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583179/. The condition can develop due to a number of liver diseases.

Approximately 2.9 percent of patients with hepatitis will develop cirrhosis within one decade following the initial diagnosis. In patients with hepatitis B, it is estimated that approximately 19.8 percent may develop cirrhosis within the first thirteen years after they are diagnosed with the condition. New treatments are being developed. Early identification of cirrhosis can lead to improvements in the treatments administered, which is why education about the symptoms of this condition is crucial to ensuring more successful treatment as well as a higher quality of life for cirrhosis patients. Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for if you suspect someone may have cirrhosis.

Symptom #1: Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of cirrhosis and is often one of the first signs that liver disease is progressing to the end-stage phase. It is often associated with poor sleep, a sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, the use of certain medications, and chronic fatigue syndrome 2https://academic.oup.com/eurpub/article/20/3/251/429061. However, if a person who has been diagnosed with any type of liver disease continuously experiences fatigue, it might be cirrhosis. See a doctor as soon as possible.


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