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Liver failure & cirrhosis

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

Cirrhosis also increases your risk of developing liver cancer. Your doctor may arrange regular ultrasound scans to monitor for this.

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. Last reviewed May 2017. Last updated February 2019.

See also:

Understanding your liver function results

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