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Liver Cirrhosis and some lesser-known facts about it

For many people, Liver Cirrhosis might be a completely new term, something they have never heard of before, however, if you have been diagnosed with a chronic liver ailment, there is a good chance that you already know what it means. As per the experts specializing in liver transplants in Gurgaon, there has been a significant increase in death rates related to liver cirrhosis and its various complications, in the past few years.

But, the question is, ‘What is Cirrhosis?’
Just like many other diseases and ailments, liver diseases progress through various stages, with every stage adding to the complications and making the symptoms adverse. Cirrhosis is a late stage of liver disease when it has progressed to a point when the healthy liver cells have been replaced by scar tissue, causing permanent damage which affects the functionality of your liver drastically. This is usually a result of inflammation triggered by chronic liver disease.

The top liver specialists in Gurgaon suggest that scar tissue that forms as a result of cirrhosis can obstruct the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood within the liver, thereby preventing it from reaching each and every area of it. As this happens, normal liver function is hampered and this has a direct effect on

  • Processing of nutrients
  • Production of hormones
  • Removal of toxins
  • Production of proteins

All of these can further aggravate the patient’s condition. It is possible that the patient’s liver may continue functioning even with cirrhosis, but, it can eventually lead to failure, posing a serious threat to the patient’s life.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for liver cirrhosis, however, there are certain ways, in which you can alleviate the symptoms and lower the pace of progression.

By now, you must’ve understood what cirrhosis means, let’s now talk about some lesser-known facts related to it.

  • Even if you are not experiencing the symptoms, you can still have cirrhosis
  • Many people tend to believe that they are completely healthy if they are not experiencing any noticeable symptoms, however, it is very much possible for a person to develop cirrhosis and not experience any related symptoms. This is primarily because the problem is progressive in nature and the symptoms develop gradually over time.
  • You can have Liver Cirrhosis even if you do not drink

There is a common misconception that cirrhosis only affects people who drink, however, the reality is there anyone can develop the problem irrespective of whether they consume alcohol or not. Cirrhosis is a result of liver injury, which may even be caused by a disease or trauma.

  • Your liver cannot completely heal itself in the case of cirrhosis

Our liver cells are regenerative in nature, which means that any damaged or diseased liver cells are replaced by completely new ones over time. However, if you think that this would happen in the case of cirrhosis as well, you are wrong. The scarred tissue cannot be replaced completely and hence it wouldn't be wrong to say that the problem cannot be reversed.

  • People with cirrhosis do not necessarily get liver cancer

Cancer is one of the complications associated with liver cirrhosis but it is not a necessary one. Doctors from the best hospital in Gurgaon advise patients with cirrhosis to go for regular cancer screenings, but this is only done as a preventive measure.

  • A liver transplant alone cannot help you

A liver transplant involves the replacement of a non-functional liver with a new, healthy lobe. The procedure can be performed on a patient with severe cirrhosis, but it alone cannot help you. Even after the transplant, there are many things that you need to take care of. You will be required to take medication, go for regular check-ups, refrain from practices that can harm the new liver and make lifestyle modifications that would benefit you.

If you wish to know more about cirrhosis, you can consult the experts from the best hospital in Gurgaon, today.

Dr. Ankur Garg, Director

Digestive & Liver Diseases, Liver Transplant

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