What is cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis is scar tissue in the liver (caused by inflammation of liver cells). The scar tissue reduces blood flow through the liver. The liver then can’t do its work as well as it should.

Your liver is an internal chemical power plant. It converts your food into energy and substances needed for life and growth. Your liver also filters your blood. It is a very important organ.

Cirrhosis is not always life-threatening but can make you feel ill and it increases your long term risk of liver failure or liver cancer.

Reversal of liver cirrhosis is possible when the virus is cleared (cured) and depending on how damaged your liver is.

How is liver cirrhosis diagnosed and measured? Doctors use a range of tests, including Fibroscan.

Click here to see our Fibroscan page >>

Want to see our Liver Cirrhosis toolkit booklet? Click here to open a ‘flick through’ PDF >>

Want to know more about cirrhosis? Click here to see our Detailed hep C information page >> 

This page last updated 10 Jan 2018

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