Cirrhosis of the Liver – What Are Some Symptoms?


Cirrhosis of the liver can bring a variety of symptoms. You can read more about some of them in this article. Before continuing, please remember that this list is not complete, as only some of the possible known symptoms are considered here. It is possible to have cirrhosis without having any of the symptoms mentioned on this page. On the other hand, one can also display some of these symptoms, but due to a different underlying condition, and not have cirrhosis. Also, please note that the information here is not professional medical advice, nor is it intended to be used as such, nor in place of that kind of information.

Jaundice is one possible symptom. This condition is also known as icterus. In it, the skin gets a yellowish discoloration. It is also possible for the membranes over the whites of the eyes to become yellowed, as well as other mucous membranes in the patient. Raised bilirubin levels in the patient’s blood lead to this discoloration. Those elevated levels are also known as a condition called hyperbilirubinemia.

Ascites is a term for the condition of fluid buildup in the peritoneal cavity. It used to be more commonly known as abdominal dropsy, and today also goes by names like hydroperitoneum and peritoneal fluid excess. Blood tests, along with an ultrasound, and fluid removal, are usually done to attempt a diagnosis of this condition. Treatment may change based upon the cause (such as cirrhosis or something else), but diuretics may be prescribed.