Cirrhosis

Definition of Cirrhosis:

A long-term disease in which the liver becomes covered with fiber-like tissue.  This causes the liver tissue to break down and become filled with fat.  All functions of the liver then decrease, including the production of glucose, processing drugs and alcohol, and vitamin absorption.  Stomach and bowel function, and the making of hormones are also affected.

Also: Liver Cirrhosis

Topics Related to Cirrhosis

Alcohol-related Problems

...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“To many people, cirrhosis of the liver is synonymous with chronic alcoholism...”
...recommendation against Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“...Every daily cup of coffee reduced the incidence of cirrhosis, a condition that destroys liver tissue, by 22%, according to researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program...”
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Arjun

...as a treatment
“...The diuretic and a general tonic effect of Arjuna bark powder helps in cases of liver cirrhosis...”

Ascites

...the condition
“...Causes and Development; Contributing Risk Factors: The most common cause of ascites is liver cirrhosis...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“Approximately 80% of the ascites cases are thought to be due to cirrhosis...”

Bruising Susceptibility

...the condition
“...Possible causes of bruising include ... Liver disease, such as cirrhosis...”

Budd-Chiari Syndrome

...the condition
“...Doctors may initially mistake Budd-Chiari syndrome for cirrhosis...”

Castor Oil

...as a treatment
“...Why it is Recommended: Conditions which have been responsive to castor oil applications include ... liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, enlargement or congestion...”

Chlorella

...as a treatment
“...and reliable anecdotal reports indicate that chlorella is effective in helping to reduce the symptoms of numerous types of cancers, diabetes, low blood sugar, arthritis, AIDS, pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, peptic ulcers, viral and bacterial infections, anemia, and multiple sclerosis...”

Choline

...related topic
“...Deficiency leads to cirrhosis of the liver...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“Alternative Names: Chronic liver disease, alcoholic liver disease Cirrhosis of the liver is a condition in which scar tissue replaces normal, healthy tissue, blocking the flow of blood through the organ and preventing it from working as it should...”
...our question about Itchy skin
“Some people with liver or biliary cirrhosis experience intense itching due to bile products that are deposited in the skin...”
...relationship to Kidney Disease
Liver Cirrhosis can lead to kidney dysfunction and failure...”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“Preliminary research suggests that individuals with cirrhosis may not be able to properly excrete manganese...”

Coffee

...as a treatment
“...Liver cirrhosis: Some studies have shown that coffee may help reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis...”

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...Esophageal Varices: Enlarged veins in the lower esophagus are a common complication of liver cirrhosis...”

Eclipta Alba

...as a treatment
“...Coumestans are known to possess estrogenic activity; Wedelolactone possesses a wide range of biological activities and is used for the treatment of hepatitis and cirrhosis, as an antibacterial, anti-hemorrhagic...”

Elevated Bilirubin Levels

...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“...Cirrhosis may cause normal, moderately high or high levels of bilirubin, depending on the type of cirrhosis...”

Enlarged Liver

...the condition
“...The liver feels firm and irregular if it is enlarged because of cirrhosis (severe scarring of the liver)...”

Enlarged Spleen

...the condition
“...Most cases of hypersplenism are caused by disorders somewhere else in the body, such as cirrhosis of the liver...”

Fennel

...as a treatment
“...Those with hepatitis, cirrhosis, or other liver disorders are advised not to take fennel...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“...Pigment gallstones are more likely to affect the elderly, people with cirrhosis, and those with chronic hemolytic anemia, including sickle cell anemia...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones as a result...”

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

...the condition
“...Laboratory findings ... Altered liver function tests suggest cirrhosis of the liver with oesophageal varices as the source of bleeding...”

Gotu Kola

...as a treatment
“...Hepatic: Cirrhosis of alcohol & unknown etiology...”

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

...the condition
“...(HHC) is characterized by increased iron absorption in the gastrointestinal tract that may cause lifelong excessive iron absorption and accumulation and serious health effects including arthritis, cirrhosis, diabetes, impotence, myocardial infarction, and death...”
...relationship to Liver Cancer
“Once a person's liver iron concentration reaches 400 mmol/gm (dry weight), cirrhosis is common and the risk of liver cancer and death is increased...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis is the most common severe consequence of hemochromatosis...”
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Hemorrhoids

...the condition
“...sedentary lifestyle, straining during bowel movements (chronic constipation), chronic diarrhea, standing for long periods of time, sitting on hard, cold surfaces, liver stagnancy or disease (cirrhosis), benign prostatic hypertrophy and anal intercourse...”

Hepatitis

...the condition
“...Of these, 15 to 30% subsequently develop chronic active or persistent hepatitis or cirrhosis, and about 20% of those with cirrhosis will develop liver cancer...”
...related topic
“...Severe hepatitis may lead to cirrhosis and chronic liver dysfunction...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“The hepatitis C virus ranks with alcohol as the major cause of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in the United States...”
...recommendation Alcohol Avoidance
“Alcohol and hepatitis C virus are synergistic in hastening the development of cirrhosis; patients with hepatitis C infection should abstain from alcohol...”
...recommendation Silymarin / Milk Thistle
“...[5] Recent findings have shown that silymarin has the ability to block fibrosis, a process that contributes to the eventual development of cirrhosis in persons with inflammatory liver conditions secondary to alcohol abuse or hepatitis...”

High Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

...the condition
“...Elevated SHBG may be encountered in hyperthyroidism and hepatic cirrhosis...”

Horsetail Grass

...as a treatment
“...Other uses: aging, arthritis, asthma, backaches, breasts, milk secretion, bronchitis, bruises, burns, bursitis, cancer-skin, circulatory problems, cirrhosis, edema, fracture, hair loss, heart disease, inflammation, intertrigo, kidney ailments, Lyme disease, muscle cramps, nail problems, obesity-diuretic tea, osteoporosis, Paget's disease,...”

Hyperbaric Oxygen

...as a treatment
“...A few supporters also claim that HBOT helps patients with AIDS, arthritis, sports injuries, multiple sclerosis, autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, senility, cirrhosis, Lyme disease, and gastrointestinal ulcers...”

Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

...the condition
“...Hyponatremia is more likely to occur in people whose kidneys do not function properly, as well as in those with heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, and Addison's disease, in which underactive adrenal glands excrete too much sodium...”

Jaundice

...the condition
“...A third type of jaundice occurs when the liver cells are damaged by diseases such as hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver; the damaged liver is unable to remove bilirubin from the blood...”

Lecithin / Choline

...as a treatment
“...Phosphatidylcholine has been used in connection with the following conditions ... Gallbladder attacks, High homocysteine, Liver cirrhosis, Tardive dyskinesia;...”

Liver Cancer

...the condition
“...Cirrhosis – A disease that develops when liver cells are damaged and replaced with scar tissue...”

Liver Detoxification Phase II Support

...as a treatment
“...Lipotropic formulas have been used for a wide variety of conditions by nutrition-oriented physicians including a number of liver disorders such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and chemical-induced liver disease...”

Liver Function Test Requirement

...the condition
“...hepatitis, toxins, cirrhosis), biliary obstruction, cholestasis, dehydration, diabetes insipidus, cystic fibrosis, leukemia, alcoholic cirrhosis, Hodgkin's disease, malnutrition, nephrotic syndrome, multiple myeloma,...”

Peritonitis

...the condition
“...Risk factors for liver disease include alcoholic cirrhosis and other diseases that lead to cirrhosis, such as viral hepatitis...”

Silymarin / Milk Thistle

...as a treatment
“...In numerous clinical studies, silymarin has been shown to have positive effects in treating virtually every type of liver disease including cirrhosis, hepatitis, jaundice, and chemical- or alcohol-induced fatty liver...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...It can also cause hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (hardening of the liver)...”

Test Estrogen Level

...as a treatment
“...Can indicate serious liver disease (cirrhosis) in both men and women...”

Testosterone Levels, Test

...as a treatment
“...In conditions such as hypothyroidism and cirrhosis, measurement of the total testosterone level may be normal but the patient may have symptoms of low testosterone...”

Ulcerative Colitis

...the condition
“...Ulcerative colitis may also cause problems such as arthritis, inflammation of the eye, liver disease (fatty liver, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis), osteoporosis, skin rashes, anemia, and kidney stones...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis of the liver can occur when the immune system triggers inflammation there as a result of ulcerative colitis...”

Ultrasound Imaging

...as a treatment
“...Ultrasound is used to provide images of the following ... liver (when cirrhosis, liver cysts, abscesses, or tumors are suspected)...”

Vasculitis

...the condition
“...Liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, alcoholic cirrhosis and biliary cirrhosis are associated with lowered hepatic clearance and increased circulating immune complexes...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...In rare cases, a deficiency can occur in the presence of hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, cirrhosis, pregnancy or lactation...”

Weakened Immune System

...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
Cirrhosis can cause immune system dysfunction leading to infection...”

Wilson's Disease

...the condition
“...Whether or not such an illness occurs, hepatic pathology progresses to fibrosis and ultimately to cirrhosis...”
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