Cirrhosis is diagnosed and treated by the GI Division at Premier Medical Group.
What is Cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver, a very serious condition. When a person has cirrhosis, scar tissue forms and replaces the healthy liver tissue. This scarring blocks the normal flow of blood through the liver. It can also cause high pressure, or portal hypertension, which is caused when vessels in the liver are blocked, making it difficult for the blood to flow. The liver is responsible for many vital functions, such as:
- Filtering poisons from the blood
- Storing vitamins and minerals
- Making bile, which helps digestion and clotting factors to stop bleeding
- Controlling sugar, fat, and protein in the bloodstream
Cirrhosis can be deadly, but early treatment can help stop damage to the liver.