When scar tissue or regenenerative nodules form in the liver and replace healthy tissues a condition known as sclerosis of the liver occurs. Once this scar tissue forms, the liver loses its ability to produce proteins used to regulate blood clotting, to filter the blood by removing toxins, to digest food properly, to control and fight infections, to store energy and to produce the bile that absorbs fat including fat soluble vitamins and cholesterol. Once the liver is infected by this disease, the healthy liver tissue is gradually replaced by scar tissue, thereby greatly affecting the organ’s ability to function.
Sclerosis of the Liver – Common Causes:
Liver sclerosis is not caused by acute or short term damage to the liver, nor from any sort of trauma. The main causes are normally due to an injury left untreated for a prolonged period of time or to a chronic disease. Sclerosis of the liver may result from some of the following causes.
•Addiction to alcohol
•Chronic Hepatitis B,C, or D – which can lead to cirrhosis when it infects the liver of a person
•Auto immune hepatitis, which is a condition in the body’s own immune system attacks the liver causing severe inflammation, damage to the liver’s cells and cirrhosis
•Exposure to toxic chemicals for a prolonged period of time, drug interactions, parasite infections, ect.
•Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which is a disorder where fat is deposited in the liver, causing inflammation.
•Diseases such as protoporphyria, Wilson’s disease, cystic fibrosis or hemochromatosis all of which are typically genetically inherited
•Damage or blockage to the bile ducts which can cause a backup of bile into the liver
Symptoms of Sclerosis of the Liver:
During the initial stages of the disease there are usually no symptoms to be observed, but as the disease progresses some of the following symptoms may be experienced by the patient.
•Weight loss and loss of appetite
•Fatigue and weakness
•Vomiting and nausea
•Bloating due to abdominal fluid accumulation and pain in the abdomen
•Yellowing of the white of the eyes and the skin
•Appearance of spider-like blood vessels on the skin