Cirrhosis of the liver is a late stage result of liver disease and its complications cirrhosis causes your liver to not function properly your liver plays a vital role in many of the processes and functions that keep you alive although scarring from liver disease causes permanent damage its still possible to live a long life. Persons with compensated cirrhosis will typically develop varices at a rate of 7 to 8 per year in addition individuals with small esophageal varices have progression to large varices at a rate of 10 to 12 per year it is important to decrease the risk of variceal hemorrhage which occurs at a rate of approximately 10 to 15 per year the highest rates of hemorrhage occur in persons . Not everyone with cirrhosis is a candidate for transplantation furthermore there is a shortage of livers to transplant and theyre usually is a long months to years wait before a liver for transplanting becomes available measures to slow the progression of liver disease and treat and prevent complications of cirrhosis are vitally important. Cirrhosis definition cirrhosis is a chronic degenerative disease in which normal liver cells are damaged and are then replaced by scar tissue description cirrhosis changes the structure of the liver and the blood vessels that nourish it the disease reduces the livers ability to manufacture proteins and process hormones nutrients medications and
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