Cirrhosis is a serious medical condition which is used to refer to a group of chronic diseases in the liver due to which the normal liver cells are damaged and simultaneously the amount of normal liver tissue decreases in quantity to be replaced by scar tissues. The symptoms through which this disorder is manifested are known as cirrhosis symptoms and although they may be very few at first, their presence increases with the increasing severity of the disease.
Among the first few cirrhosis symptoms, the first is the loss of functioning of the liver cells and the eventual distortion of the lever as a result of scarring. It is this distortion which may obstruct the blood flow to the liver and cause other problems in an individual’s physiology like fatigue, weakness, exhaustion and loss of appetite. The failure of the liver in performing some of its vital functions could further lead to a number of associated functions within the body being affected like production of clotting factors and the blood proteins, reduced production of bile and enzymes and breakdown of old red blood cells. Some of the other prominent symptoms are weight loss, easy bruising of the skin, redness of palms and frequent infections.
If not attended to at this stage, the disorder aggravates and the advanced cirrhosis symptoms is usually jaundice due to the deposition of bile in the intestine and the formation of gall-stones in the gall bladder. If the bile pigment is deposited on the skin as well, the affected individual may feel itchiness of the skin. Further ignorance or neglect leads to fluid retention in the abdominal cavity thus becoming a breeding ground for further complications. Therefore, it is imperative for these symptoms to be diagnosed and identified correctly in their initial stages so as to commence medical treatment and eventual cure of this disorder.