Cirrhosis Education

Cirrhosis is a result of advanced liver disease, a condition which causes healthy liver tissue to be replaced with non-living scar-tissue. It is always related to other liver diseases. If left untreated, it will cause liver failure and often many other unpleasant symptoms and conditions that are a result of the damage done by this process.

In the United States, chronic alcoholism is the leading cause of cirrhosis, with chronic viral hepatitis being the second most common cause, but there are other ways that this scarring can occur in your body and it is important to discuss your symptoms with your gastroenterologist in case any of the following symptoms are present.

Loss of Appetite
Weight Loss
Abdominal Pain
Spider-like Blood Vessels
Severe Itching 

Some of the potential complications of cirrhosis can include the following:

  • Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes
  • Bleeding or bruising easily
  • Gallstones
  • Fluid buildup and swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites)
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE), where toxins build up in the brain to cause mental and even physical complications such as coma

If you are already someone who is affected by this condition, or you simply wish to educate yourself further, please


to view an excellent write up on nutritional information for patients with cirrhosis or liver failure. 
Please check back regularly as we update this page with more information about cirrhosis and any further recommendations we may have for you.