Cirrhosis is an organ disease, related to the liver. It is characterized by scarring of the liver caused by chronic damage over time.

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This is what this disease does to your liver :
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Means of disease transmission

- The disease is transmitted between people by contact with the blood or other bodily fluids.


Symptoms
- 1. Weakness
2. Fatigue
3. Loss of appetite
4. Nausea
5. Vommiting
6. Weight loss
7. Abdominal pain and bloating when fluid accumulates in the abdomen
8. Itching
9. Spider like blood vessels on the skin.

Health Implications
- The liver is a very important organ in your body. Without the liver, it causes many problems with your body. The liver removes
toxins and produces clotting proteins that are necessary for the blood to clot. The liver also regulates the supply of glucose and
lipids to the body. In order for this to work the liver needs to be fully functioning. However, cirrhosis destroys any relationship with
these functions. It destroys the relationship between the blood and liver cells. As cirrhosis becomes more severe edema may occur.
Which is an accumulation of fluid in the body because the body signals for the need of salt and water in the kidneys. Another implicationis that cirrhosis causes an increase risk of liver cancer.

Prevalence
- Liver cirrhosis is the seventh leading cause of death. It takes 25,000 lives each year.

Treatment
- You should prevent the furthering damage to the liver.
- Treat the complications of cirrhosis by a nutritious died and avoiding alcohol.
- Prevent liver cancer or try to dectect it early.
- Transplantation of the liver, there is no exact model to predict survival rates. However, those with transplant have a 58% chance of surviving 15 years. Failure of the new liver occurs in 10% to 15% of all cases.

What can we do
- Well if you get cirrhosis it might becuase of alcohol. So what you can do to help yourself is to avoid any kind of alcohol. You also need to get on a nutritious diet so that your body has some strength.

Works Cited:
1. http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/page5.htm#toch
2. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/
3. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cirrhosis/article_em.htm