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Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring, called fibrosis, damages the liver. The scarring replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally.
The most common causes of cirrhosis are alcoholism and some types of hepatitis.
Last Revised: January 17, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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