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Signs & Symptoms Gastroenterology

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 include:

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

Symptoms of advanced cirrhosis include:

  • 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

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.