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Cirrhosis: Introduction

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Introduction - Cirrhosis for Patients

Facts: This guide explains basic facts about cirrhosis (pronounced "sir-o-sis") of the liver. It can help you understand the causes and treatments of cirrhosis.

Tool: You can use this guide to talk with your provider about how to take better care of your damaged liver.

Support: You can use this guide to feel more in control of your disease. Your family members and friends may read it to understand the challenges you face and to learn how they can help you.

Answers: This guide will answer your questions about common complications of cirrhosis and what can be done about them.

Emergencies: This guide gives you important information about the possible complications in cirrhosis that require immediate medical attention. It provides practical tips on how to keep your liver as healthy as possible, including things to do and things to avoid.

Treatment Tracking: This guide tells you what you should keep track of when you have cirrhosis, so you can actively participate in your health care.

Resources: A list of the medical terms used in this guide appears at the end. You may hear these words in discussions with your health care provider or when you read about cirrhosis in books, articles, or on the Internet. A list of information sources you can trust is also included.