Cirrhosis can affect the body in several ways. The scar tissue makes blood flow difficult. That can cause high blood pressure in the vein between the liver and intestines, which in turn causes a risk of internal bleeding in the gastrointestinal track. People with cirrhosis are also at a higher risk for liver cancer. Because the liver is damaged, cirrhosis can cause an increase of toxins in the blood, which can lead to mental problems such as memory loss.
- Q How is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) diagnosed?
- Q Can cirrhosis cause liver cancer?
- Q What is cholestatic hepatitis?
- Q What are the most common problems with the liver?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with cirrhosis?
- Q Is cirrhosis life-threatening?