Cirrhosis occurs when the normal tissues on the liver are replaced by scar tissues. This happens when the usually healthy cells are damaged after a liver condition. This can take many years. Because scar tissues are hard, the liver becomes lumpy and after some time will start to fail. The failure is a result of the blood being unable to get through the ones healthy portal vein that goes into the liver.
When blood is unable to go through the portal vein it will back up and can get into the spleen causing more health problems.
The only treatment for liver cirrhosis is a liver transplant. However, with the help of a medical professional, there are preventive measures including treating whatever is causing the condition can slow down cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis develops over time and is usually the result of another liver problems or diseases. The following are some of the conditions that will cause cirrhosis.
- Alcohol-related liver diseases. Alcohol can cause fat and inflammation in the liver. Although it will take years of alcohol consumption before cirrhosis occurs, it is strongly advised that women shouldn’t have more than one drink a day, and men shouldn’t have more than two.
- Viral hepatitis. Hepatitis is caused by several causes including alcohol use, certain drugs, and other medical condition and virus. Hepatitis B and C will affect you if were injected or given an infected blood.
- Fatty Liver Diseases. These are medical conditions that add fat to the liver but not because of alcohol consumption. These are caused by obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides in the blood, and Metabolic Syndrome.
- Autoimmune hepatitis. This is when the body’s own immune system attacks the body. In this case, the immune system attacks the liver.
- Bile Duct Damage or Disorders. The bile ducts carry bile that aids in digestion. When these bile ducts get blocked or damaged, the bile will back up causing damage to the liver tissues.
There are two stages of Cirrhosis: the compensated and decompensated. In compensated cirrhosis, the liver has enough healthy cells to meet the body’s needs, while the decompensated cirrhosis, the liver is no longer able to function at all.
If you think you are suffering from Cirrhosis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Cirrhosis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).