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Risks of Alcohol: Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis of the liver is a common consequence of chronic liver disease. The disease is characterized by the replacement of healthy liver tissue with fibrous scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules. Regenerative nodules are lumps that occur as a result of the process by which damaged liver tissue is replaced.

Cirrhosis results in a progressive loss of liver function which, ultimately, results in the need for a liver transplant. A liver transplant is the only option once cirrhosis reaches the advanced stages. The disease is most commonly caused by alcoholism and hepatitis C.

In addition to leading to liver transplants, cirrhosis has other complications. Ascites, which is fluid retention in the abdominal cavity, is a common complication. It results in a poor quality of life, an increased risk of infections, and poor long-term outcomes for people with cirrhosis.

Hepatic encephalopathy leads to confusion or even comas, if it is allowed to go on too long. Bleeding from esophageal varices is another common complication. Esophageal varices are basically sores created in the esophagus due to the lack of drainage in the area. This is generally due to portal hypertension which is a common complication of cirrhosis. These complications are generally diagnosed by endoscopy.

These complications, as well as many others, may be the symptoms initially seen by someone suffering from cirrhosis. The disease itself is irreversible once it is in full swing. The treatment options available focus on preventing the disease from progressing and preventing complications.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, please contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.

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