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Is liver cirrhosis hereditary?

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Posted on Sat, 17 Jan 2015
Question: IS LIVER CIRROSIS HEREDITARY ? MY MOTHER DIED OF IT. AND ALSO I AM A HABITUAL DRINKER...
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Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No its not hereditary except few variants.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome To HCM. I am Dr Anshul Varshney.
I understand your concern.
Liver cirrhosis is due to many reasons. Most common being Alcohol, chronic viral hepatitis B and C. These are not hereditary.
There are few types of cirrhosis which have small hereditary component but not so significant.
So, for your information purpose, I would say it is not hereditary.
Your mother must be having a cause behind that.
If you will keep on drinking , you are again at risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
Get following tests done:
1. Liver function test
2. Ultrasound Abdomen
3. Hepatitis B and C.
Get tested, stop drinking and stay healthy.
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Is liver cirrhosis hereditary?

Brief Answer: No its not hereditary except few variants. Detailed Answer: Welcome To HCM. I am Dr Anshul Varshney. I understand your concern. Liver cirrhosis is due to many reasons. Most common being Alcohol, chronic viral hepatitis B and C. These are not hereditary. There are few types of cirrhosis which have small hereditary component but not so significant. So, for your information purpose, I would say it is not hereditary. Your mother must be having a cause behind that. If you will keep on drinking , you are again at risk of developing liver cirrhosis. Get following tests done: 1. Liver function test 2. Ultrasound Abdomen 3. Hepatitis B and C. Get tested, stop drinking and stay healthy.