Cirrhosis of the liver can be caused by multiple medical reasons. While this article does not discuss them all, some of the possibilities are brought up. There is also the potential for cirrhosis of the liver to be idiopathic in nature, that is, for a case of it to occur due to a medical cause that is not known. Before wandering into the remainder of the subject matter on this page, please consider the following: what you read here should not take the place of professional medical advice, nor is it on the level of such. If the kind of information you need is that which comes from a doctor, then please contact one.
One possible cause of cirrhosis of the liver is primary sclerosing cholangitis. This disease is known as PSC for short, and although its cause has not been determined, it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It involves progressive inflammation that affects the patient’s liver bile ducts. There is a selection of other conditions that is also considered to be associated with PSC. While other treatments can be given, the only that seems to be of long-term use in treating the disorder is liver transplantation.
Hepatolenticular degeneration can also lead to cirrhosis of the liver. A name that this condition is commonly known by is Wilson’s disease. It is a genetic disorder, and in it the patient has copper build up in his tissues. Medication can be used to treat this condition, however, in some cases it also requires a liver transplant.