You may not have any symptoms when you first develop cirrhosis.


Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver caused by long-term liver damage.


Cirrhosis may not have any early symptoms. Later symptoms can include feeling sick and tired, yellowing of the skin, itchy skin and a swollen tummy.


Treatment for cirrhosis usually involves treating the cause to stop it getting worse. Some people eventually need a liver transplant.


The main causes of cirrhosis are drinking too much alcohol over many years, long-lasting liver infections like hepatitis C and being overweight.


To reduce your risk of cirrhosis, cut down on alcohol, keep a healthy weight and avoid hepatitis by using a condom during sex and not injecting drugs.

Page last reviewed: 03/07/2017
Next review due: 03/07/2020