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Cirrhosis

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A condition in which the liver is damaged as a result of infection or by certain substances such as alcohol and some medicines.

The damaged liver cells are replaced by scar tissue [the body tissue, usually stronger than the original tissue, remaining after a wound has healed] and the liver becomes hard and filled with fat. This prevents the liver from properly digesting food, metabolizing drugs and making proteins and can result in liver failure and death.

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Español: Cirrosis
Français: Cirrhose

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