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Health Tip: Identify Symptoms of Cirrhosis

Health Tip: Identify Symptoms of Cirrhosis

11/15/10

(HealthDay News) -- Cirrhosis, often the result of a viral disease or chronic alcoholism, occurs when liver cells are damaged and cannot fix themselves.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says common symptoms of cirrhosis include:

  • Losing weight.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea or throwing up blood.
  • Feeling fatigued, weak or confused, or having difficulty paying attention.
  • Swelling of the abdomen.
  • Itchy skin or red palms.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin.
  • Urine that's dark brown.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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