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Besides alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Postby blackburn » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:53 pm

And can one get it without being an alcoholic?
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Besides alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Postby geri » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:55 pm

When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of
the patients body will respond to this and cause inflammation to
develop inside the liver...this will cause the liver to enlarge in size
and takes on a spongy texture.

If the cause can be found and "if" the cause can be stopped,
up to this point, the liver cells may heal and problem could be

When the liver cells die off, they form scar tissue inside
the liver that cannot be removed. The scar tissue changes
the structure inside the liver, which will cause the
blood not to flow well through the liver anymore...
This is Cirrhosis of the liver.

Some of the other Causes besides alcohol consumption are:
*Medication toxification,
*Chemical exposure (like carbon tetrachloride)
*Mushroom poisoning,
*Viral infections (like Hepatitis A,B,C,ETC),
*Parasite infections (like the liver fluke),
*Hereditary conditions (like Wilsons disease or
*Hemochromatosis ...where the body holds onto too much copper or iron)
*Metabolic disorders (like the liver not handling glucose [glycogen storage disease]
proteins, or lipids well or lacking an enzymes like Antitrypsin deficiency.)
*Cardiac/vascular problems (causing the back up of blood)
*Fatty liver disease (can be caused by alcohol or non alcoholic reasons...like
diabetes, weight (obesity), insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
and more.
* Biliary obstruction/malformation/infections (like a stone or growth in the
bile ducts or the ducts are twisted and become infected)
*Gallbladder problem (inflammation of the gallbladder or stones forming)
*Auto immune disorders (where the immune system destroys it own cells)
And there are many others.

To read more about Cirrhosis...here is a link:
Medicine Net: http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirrhosis or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_cirrhosis,_biliary

Best wishes
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Besides alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Postby marwin » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Hepatitis C, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver in the U.S., but anything that damages the liver can cause cirrhosis, including:

*Fatty liver associated with obesity and diabetes

*Chronic viral infections of the liver (hepatitis types B, C, and D; Hepatitis D is extremely rare)

*Blockage of the bile duct, which carries bile formed in the liver to the intestines, where it helps in the digestion of fats; in babies, this can be caused by biliary atresia in which bile ducts are absent or damaged, causing bile to back up in the liver. In adults, bile ducts may become inflamed, blocked, or scarred, due to another liver disease called primary biliary cirrhosis.

*Repeated bouts of heart failure with fluid backing up into the liver

Certain inherited diseases such as:

*Cystic fibrosis

*Glycogen storage diseases, in which the body is unable to process glycogen, a form of sugar that is converted to glucose and serves as a source of energy for the body
Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, an absence of a specific enzyme in the liver
Diseases caused by abnormal liver function, such as hemochromatosis, a condition in which excessive iron is absorbed and deposited into the liver and other organs, and Wilson's disease, caused by the abnormal storage of copper in the liver

*Although less likely, other causes of cirrhosis include reactions to prescription drugs, prolonged exposure to environmental toxins, or parasitic infections.
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Besides alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Postby dontae57 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:04 pm

Drugs, toxins in the environment, obesity, bad DNA
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