Liver Cirrhosis Treatment
Liver Cirrhosis means poor liver function along with the scarring of the liver at different stages of chronic liver disease. This disease is mostly due to the exposure in toxic substances like alcohols or viral infections. Our liver plays essential body functions in the body like:
- Bile production: Bile absorbs substances like cholesterol, dietary fats, and Vitamins A, E, D, and K.
- Storage of sugar and vitamins for future use.
- Blood purification by removing toxins like alcohol and bacteria.
- Blood clotting factors formation.
Liver Cirrhosis can disturb the all above functionality of your liver which can be really fatal. Hence, you must consult a gastroenterologist for the best liver cirrhosis treatment as soon as possible.
How liver cirrhosis develop?
Our liver is quite a solid organ and has the functionality of regenerating damaged cells. When toxin substances like alcohol and chronic viral infections are present for a prolonged period in the liver then it results in liver cirrhosis. The liver becomes scarred and injured.
It can cause the liver to shrink and gets hard. Therefore, the nutrient-rich blood founds it difficult to flow into the liver via the portal vein. It carries blood from digestive organs to the liver. When the blood is unable to pass through the liver then the pressure increases in the portal vein. This results in a serious condition called portal hypertension. It can cause formation of varices at lower end of food pipes. Rupture of these varices leads to blood in vomitus or blood in stool.
The common causes of Liver Cirrhosis are:
- Long term alcohol consumption
- Hepatitis B and C infection
- Fatty liver diseases
- Exposure to toxic metals
- Obesity and Diabetes
The leading cause of the cirrhosis is Hepatitis B & C together. However, drinking too much alcohol also leads to cirrhosis. As the liver gets overworked and gets damaged.
The majority of cirrhosis symptoms occur due to liver damage. As the liver is not able to purify the blood properly, breaking down toxins, absorbing excessive fats, producing clotting proteins. The common symptoms are:
- Lose appetite
- Bleeding in nose
- Jaundice (Tinge yellow colour of skin)
- Spider veins
- Losing weight
- Itchy skin
- Fluid in Abdomen (Abdominal Distension)
- Blood in vomitus or stool
In severe stage, you can experience more severe symptoms such as:
- Difficulty in thinking properly
- Swelling in abdomen
- Swelling in legs
If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor to know whether the symptom is of any underlying disease or your liver is not working properly and require a liver cirrhosis treatment.
A gastroenterologist will diagnose you for the liver cirrhosis. He will ask you a detail medical history and will also conduct a physical exam. It can reveal long-term alcohol consumption, any family history of autoimmune diseases, and other risk factors. It can also show other signs such as:
- Tinge yellow skin
- Yellow eyes
- Palms turn yellow
- Hand tremors
- Enlarged liver
- Small testicles
- Abdominal Distension (Ascites)
If you get positive results for the above signs, then probably you are in need of a complete liver cirrhosis treatment.
Liver Cirrhosis Treatment
The liver cirrhosis treatment depends on the severity of symptoms such as:
The doctor will recommend a diet with low sodium and medication for preventing the buildup of fluid in the Abdominal Cavity.
There are BP medications that can control the pressure in the veins which supply the blood to the liver. The doctor can also perform endoscopy for checking out the presence of enlarged veins in oesophagus or stomach.
The doctor can also recommend certain antibiotics or other liver cirrhosis treatments for the infections.
Along with above, you need to control over the alcohol consumption plus reduce the weight for a complete liver cirrhosis treatment.
Dr Shankar Dhaka is amongst the best gastroenterologists in the city and can provide you with the best liver cirrhosis treatment at his clinic Jaipur Gastro, Jaipur.