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Health Tip: If You Have Cirrhosis

Here's how it could impair your liver

(HealthDay News) -- Cirrhosis is the medical term used to describe the slow deterioration of the liver as a result of chronic injury to the organ.

The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says cirrhosis causes scarring of the liver, which can impair its ability to:

  • Fight off infection.
  • Eliminate toxins and bacteria from the blood.
  • Process medications, hormones and nutrients from food.
  • Create the proteins that help the blood clot.
  • Make bile to help absorb fats, including cholesterol.
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