Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver. Scar tissue forms because of injury or long-term disease. It replaces healthy tissue.
Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liver tissue does—make protein, help fight infections, clean the blood, help digest food, and store energy for when you need it. Scar tissue also blocks the normal flow of blood through the liver.
Your symptoms, a physical examination, and certain tests can help your doctor diagnose cirrhosis. A liver biopsy will confirm the diagnosis.
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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, retrieved May 11, 2006.
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