Cirrhosis typically happens in 3 stages: early, middle and late-stage. Symptoms depend on which stage of cirrhosis your child is experiencing.

Early-stage cirrhosis:

There are typically no symptoms in early-stage cirrhosis. Your child might have symptoms related to other medical conditions.

Middle-stage cirrhosis:

  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Nausea (upset stomach) or vomiting
  • Swelling of the abdomen (belly area)
  • Jaundice (yellowing) of the eyes or skin
  • Dark urine
  • Spider-like blood vessels on the skin or bleeding easily

Late-stage cirrhosis: 

  • Swelling of the abdomen and legs
  • Enlarged (larger than usual) liver or spleen
  • Kidney failure
  • Loss of body hair
  • Forgetfulness or confusion

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