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Cirrhosis
Signs and Symptoms

Many people with cirrhosis do not experience any symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, as scar tissue replaces healthy cells, liver function may begin to fail, causing the following symptoms. Early Symptoms:

  • Development of spider-like red spots on the chest, face or arms
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

Advanced Symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired sleep
  • Poor memory
  • Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen and/or legs
  • Yellowish color of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Weakness and decreased muscle mass
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Coma, in severe cases

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

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Gastroenterology at Mount Zion
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 120
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 502-4444
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350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 502-2112
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Gastrointestinal Motility & Secretion Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Box 0310
San Francisco, CA 94143-0310
Phone: (415) 353-9383
Fax: (415) 353-2505
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