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What is cirrhosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cirrhosis is a disease of the liver. It happens when a liver has been damaged, and can result from excessive alcohol intake. In a liver with cirrhosis, scar tissue replaces healthy cells. The scarred parts of the liver cannot function, and can even block the function of undamaged parts of the liver. Sometimes the progression of cirrhosis can stop when a person makes lifestyle changes.

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