Cirrhosis is an irreversible condition in which intensive scarring and loss of cells cause liver function to decrease. This occurs in the latter stages of liver disease and often goes undetected until it is too late. Jaundice is one of the primary symptoms and is often one of the first visible signs of liver failure. Cirrhosis replaces healthy, working tissue in the liver with nonfunctioning scar tissue that does not aid in the normal functions of the liver, like controlling bilirubin levels. This can be fatal if left untreated, so be sure to talk to your doctor at the first signs of jaundice.
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