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Are there any cases where the liver can be completely

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Posted on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Question: Are there any cases where the liver can be completely healthy again, even if cirrhosis has occurred and is caught early?
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Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Depends on the cause of cirrhosis

Detailed Answer:

Hello,
I understand your concern.

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver tissue and is the common end result of different diseases and conditions. Cirrhosis of the liver can be caused by excessive use of alcohol, viral diseases (such as hepatitis B and C), autoimmune hepatitis (when immune cells attack their own and this is most common in women), metabolic liver disease (a chemical imbalance that affects the body's metabolism).

For a long time, cirrhosis has been considered a progressive and fatal disease, however recent studies have shown that cirrhosis in the early stages is reversible and curable.

However, this only includes the cirrhosis caused by viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis and metabolic liver disease. Cirrhosis caused by excessive alcohol consumption is irreversible and incurable and it's only treatment consist of slowing down the progress of the disease.

I hope this answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care.



Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Dr. Ornela Ademovi

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Are there any cases where the liver can be completely

Brief Answer: Depends on the cause of cirrhosis Detailed Answer: Hello, I understand your concern. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver tissue and is the common end result of different diseases and conditions. Cirrhosis of the liver can be caused by excessive use of alcohol, viral diseases (such as hepatitis B and C), autoimmune hepatitis (when immune cells attack their own and this is most common in women), metabolic liver disease (a chemical imbalance that affects the body's metabolism). For a long time, cirrhosis has been considered a progressive and fatal disease, however recent studies have shown that cirrhosis in the early stages is reversible and curable. However, this only includes the cirrhosis caused by viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis and metabolic liver disease. Cirrhosis caused by excessive alcohol consumption is irreversible and incurable and it's only treatment consist of slowing down the progress of the disease. I hope this answers your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.