The liver is a reddish-brown organ which is rubbery to touch. It weighs about 3 pounds and works to digest, absorb and process food.
The organ’s main job is to filter blood from the digestive system, before circulating it back to the body. The liver breaks down the protein from the food we eat and it creates bile to aid the body to absorb fats. It also filters out the toxins from the blood. The liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. Also, it makes proteins, a vital ingredient for blood clotting and for other functions that the body needs.
Long-term exposure from alcohol builds up toxins in the liver. The body will then start to replace the healthy tissue in the liver with scar tissue. Medical practitioners call this event as alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
Liver scarring can block the liver’s ability to:
If the condition continued, the disease will progress and scar tissues will replace the healthy tissues. This will eventually lead to liver failure or the liver can no longer function properly. The liver will decrease its ability to manufacture proteins, process hormones, and medications.
In a study of the American Liver Foundation, 10% to 20% of heavy drinkers will develop alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The disease is the end stage chronic form of liver disease related to alcohol consumption. Cirrhosis is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Also, the disease is the third most common cause of death for people ages 45 to 65 years old. About 25,000 people died because of alcoholic cirrhosis. Women are twice most likely to get the disease rather than men.
Liver cirrhosis is a part of the progression. It usually starts with fatty liver disease, and then progress to alcoholic hepatitis which gradually developed to alcohol cirrhosis. Yet, it is possible for a person to develop the disease without having alcohol hepatitis.
the liver is the only human organ that can regenerate
Long-term alcohol consumption can cause alcoholic liver disease. Years of drinking builds up toxins in the liver. Cirrhosis occurred in the final stage of the alcoholic liver disease. The event can result in the scarring of the liver when it scars starts to appear, the organ cannot function properly. As a result, the body cannot produce sufficient proteins. It will also have difficulty in filtering out toxins from the blood.
Alcoholic liver disease does not only happen in all heavy drinkers. The probability of acquiring the liver disease depends on the person’s history of alcohol consumption. Also, a person does not need to get drunk to develop alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
Genetics can also serve as a factor for having the disease. Some people are born with enzyme deficiencies, which are vital to eliminate alcohol in the system. Other includes obesity and having Hepatitis C increases the chance to get the disease. However, there are several other causes for alcoholic cirrhosis.
Women may not have many enzymes in their system to break down alcohol particles. Because of this factor, they are more likely to develop the disease compare to men. Unprocessed alcohol may reach their liver and in time builds up the scarring of the organ.
An important factor in the disease is alcohol. Usually, a person who drank heavily for more than eight years can likely develop alcoholic cirrhosis. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a heavy drinker is someone who drinks at least 5 drinks in a day within 5 days for the past 30 days.
Signs and symptoms of alcoholic liver cirrhosis usually surface between the ages 30 to 40 years old. The body can still compensate for the liver’s function during the early stages of the illness. As the disease progress, the symptoms will become more apparent.
Alcoholic cirrhosis disease will show signs and symptoms similar to other liver related illnesses.
Depending on the liver’s function, some symptoms may slowly surface, some may take time. Similarly, symptoms can turn worse after a time of heavy drinking. It is important to determine the common signs of the disease. This is to try and reserve the effects of the disease or at least hamper its progression.
Knowing the person’s medical history and drinking habits, doctors can diagnose the disease. Also, doctors can request for an additional test and can confirm alcoholic cirrhosis. These may include:
Other medical examination that doctors may request and look for symptoms such as:
Doctors will also do additional exams to rule out other diseases such as:
Alcoholic liver cirrhosis can result to more devastating health complications, referred to as decompensated cirrhosis. These complications include:
People who develop or in the end stage of alcoholic cirrhosis often needs a liver transplant. If the disease progress into a more severe form of cirrhosis, doctors usually recommend a regular diagnostic test. This can monitor or show the progression or complications of the disease.
Here are some possible complications of alcoholic liver cirrhosis:
Symptoms of alcoholic liver disease become apparent
Call the emergency hotline or contact a doctor right away if these happens:
The doctor can still reverse some of the liver diseases with medical treatment. However, liver cirrhosis most often can no longer reverse. Correspondingly, doctors can slow the progress of the illness and reduce the symptoms.
The first step to slow or reverse the illness is to stop drinking. Those who develop the disease usually became dependent on alcohol that they experience withdrawal symptoms. A doctor can also recommend going to a detoxification or rehabilitation process to help the person.
The initial step to reduce Alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis:
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