Cirrhosis and Its Complications
Cirrhosis is a complication of liver disease which involves loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring of the liver. It is a condition that is defined histopathologically and has a variety of complications and clinical manifestations some of which can be life-threatening. The major complications of cirrhosis include ascites, hepatic encephalopathy, varices, hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatorenal syndrome and coagulation disorders. Patients who have developed complications of their liver disease and have become decompensated should be considered for liver transplantation.