What Is Cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis (also called cirrhosis of the liver) is a type of liver disease in which scar tissue forms on the liver (a large organ above the stomach that helps filter waste, digest food and keep blood pressure levels normal). The scar tissue makes it harder for blood to flow through the liver. This means the liver does not work as well. It also means waste can build up in the body.

Does the Scar Tissue from Cirrhosis Heal or Go Away?

In most cases, the scar tissue on the liver does not heal or go away. Treatment can help slow the growth of scar tissue or prevent new scar tissue from forming.

What Causes Cirrhosis?

There are many conditions that can cause cirrhosis. These conditions include: 

  • Hepatitis A, B or autoimmune hepatitis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Biliary atresia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Alpha-1-antitypsin deficiency

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