Cirrhosis of the liver: The sign on the skin you could have long-term liver damage

The liver plays a vital role in many aspects of the body, which is why it is so disastrous for it to fail.

It filters harmful toxins from the blood, metabolises food and drug and produces valuable molecules used across the body.

The more frequent bruising experienced by people with liver damage is because the liver is unable to produce the blood factors required to repair wounds, and can no longer regulate the fluid levels of healthy blood. 

Some of these functions can be simulated mechanically, through a process called liver dialysis, but the main treatment for liver failure is an organ transplant.


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