Cirrhosis

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A liver condition that is caused by persistent damage to liver cells from infections like viral hepatitis or from excessive daily alcohol consumption. Cirrhosis develops slowly from the build-up of scar tissue (hardening of the liver) which prevents adequate blood supply from flowing through the liver so it can no longer effectively perform its function to filter (clean waste material from) the blood. There is no cure for cirrhosis, but treatment is available to prevent further damage.