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Liver cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is the final stage of chronic liver diseases of different origin, in case of which the structure of the liver impaired and connective tissue nodules are formed in its substance. Its symptoms develop gradually during years that be preceded by a long period free of complaints.

It characteristic symptoms are itching, dilated veins, in some cases bleeding from these veins, abdominal accumulation of free fluid and in case of severe damage renal failure and coma may develop. At the beginning only weakness, loss of appetite and biliary complaints occur. If the cirrhosis is the result of alcohol consumption, functional impairment of the pancreas may also present.
At first the liver is palpable with hands, enlarged, in advanced cases it may occur that the liver is shrunk and due to this fact it is not palpable.

Cirrhosis can be visualized on static liver scintigraphy.



Static liver scintigraphy