Cirrhosis of the Liver

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Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the Liver: Causes, Detection and Prevention

University of Phoenix- Online Campus

Cirrhosis of the Liver is a horrible disease that takes the lives of many people every year. There are many causes, symptoms, ways to diagnose and treatments that surround this disease as well as many ways that this fatal disease can be prevented.

The liver is a key organ when it comes to making the body function properly (National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, 2003). As the second largest organ the body has, next to the skin, it serves many purposes. It produces immune agents to control infections, removes germs, bacteria and poisons from the blood, and it makes proteins that produce bile and keep
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Symptoms may differ depending on the stage of the disease but some common symptoms are loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss or gain, jaundice, retaining of fluid, blood in the stool or fever (Digestive Disorders Health Center Cirrhosis of the Liver, 2008). There are other symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver but these are the most common. All of these symptoms help in the detection of this horrible disease. The faster Cirrhosis is detected, the better off the person’s chances of survival are. However, there is no cure for Cirrhosis of the Liver and depending on the cause of the disease, some treatments can slow down the progression and minimize damage to liver cells, (Digestive Disorders Health Center Cirrhosis of the Liver, 2008).

Cirrhosis of the Liver can be detected in a few ways. One way is testing. A physical exam, blood tests and some other tests can help doctor’s detect and diagnose this disease (Digestive Disorders Health Center Cirrhosis of the Liver, 2008). In a physical exam a doctor can feel any changes in the shape of the liver, how it feels and how large it is (Digestive Disorders Health Center Cirrhosis of the Liver, 2008). Blood tests can prove whether or not a person has Cirrhosis of the Liver. Other tests include taking pictures of the liver (CT Scan) or an ultrasound (Digestive Disorders Health Center Cirrhosis of the Liver, 2008). Other ways that it can be detected are by a biopsy or

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