Liver cirrhosis is an incurable disease in which healthy liver cells begin to gradually break down. Most often, this disease is diagnosed in men. But sometimes women also fall ill with cirrhosis of the liver. This disease usually develops in people who abuse alcohol or patients with hepatitis C. In any case, the symptoms of liver cirrhosis in both men and women are almost the same.
In most cases, cirrhosis of the liver is diagnosed in middle-aged people. But recently, this disease, unfortunately, has become very "younger". According to statistics, cirrhosis of the liver today is one of the top 10 causes of death, including among young people.
In the first stages of the development of liver cirrhosis, when the pathological condition is not yet accompanied by complications, a person may experience:
- loss of strength and fatigue;
- itchy skin due to stagnation of bile;
- spider veins in the upper body;
- hair loss in the armpit area.
Also, in the early stages in patients, you can often notice a pronounced yellowness of the mucous membranes. The appearance of all these symptoms of liver cirrhosis is certainly a reason to immediately consult a doctor. It often happens that with timely medical assistance, the human liver with this disease even fully recovers.
Symptoms for advanced cirrhosis
In the advanced and late stages of this disease in both women and men:
- the liver increases in size and begins to protrude from under the rib by about 2 cm;
- there are persistent digestive problems;
- body temperature rises;
- fingers become like "drum sticks";
- there is exhaustion;
- breathing becomes shallow;
- the stomach increases in volume;
- a venous pattern in the form of a "jellyfish" appears on the skin of the abdomen.
Changes in advanced disease and human behavior. Symptoms of liver cirrhosis in women and men include aggressive behavior, frequent loss of orientation in space and time, deterioration of handwriting, etc.
Instead of a conclusion
All the changes described above in the physiological and mental state of a person can be signs of cirrhosis of the liver. In any case, the disease is actually very serious and, of course, dangerous. And, of course, you shouldn't run it in any case. At the first noticed symptoms of liver cirrhosis, you should consult a doctor immediately.