When the liver cells become damaged, the
immune system responds to this and cause
inflammation to develop inside the liver.
This causes the liver to enlarge in size
If the cause cannot be stopped and if
the inflammation continues in the liver,
the liver cells start to die off and form
scar tissue inside the liver: this
is fibrosis. As more cells continue
to die off and more scar tissue
forms, it start to connect together
inside the liver...this is known as
When the scar tissue prevents
the flow of blood from going to
the liver cells and prevent it
from flowing well back to the
heart; because the scar tissue
reconstructs the liver on the
inside...This is Cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis of the liver in the advanced
stages require a liver transplant in order
There is about 5% fat inside a healthy
liver. As the fat continues to build up
inside the liver, it can damage the liver
cells. This leads to inflammation and
enlargement of the liver (steatohepatitis).
If the cells die off and from scar tissue...
this starts out as fibrosis but can lead
You should be seeing a gastroenterologist
now. When he believes you have Cirrhosis
of the liver, he may refer you to a transplant
center for the evaluation process of being
placed on the list.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient