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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know if I have cirrhosis if I feel well?
In the early stages of cirrhosis, you may not have any symptoms. The only way to know for sure is to get examined by your doctor. Early diagnosis of cirrhosis can help prevent symptoms from developing.
It's also important to see your doctor if you already have symptoms. These can include fluid buildup in the belly, swelling in the lower legs, small spidery-veins on your skin, easy bruising, itching, or shortness of breath. Your doctor might be able to diagnose cirrhosis during an office examination. Sometimes, however, it may require blood tests, abdominal ultrasound, or a CT scan. More on cirrhosis