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Liver failure & cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is scarring of your liver. Over time the scarring can stop your liver from working properly. This is liver failure.

Drinking a lot of alcohol is a common cause of cirrhosis. But there are other causes, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

If you have cirrhosis, be careful to limit any further liver damage:

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated May 2017.

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Understanding your liver function results

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