Cirrhosis Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

Liver damage from cirrhosis can’t be undone, but early diagnosis and treatment can preserve your liver and prevent further damage. Gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD help adults with liver cirrhosis in the Lower Manhattan, New York City area at their practice, Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology. If you think you may have liver cirrhosis, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology today.

Cirrhosis Q & A

What is Cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis is a condition in which your liver gradually deteriorates and eventually ceases to function normally. Various liver diseases and health problems can lead to cirrhosis, such as hepatitis C and chronic alcoholism.

Cirrhosis results from repeated damage to your liver. Every time your liver gets damaged, it tries to repair itself, causing scar tissue to develop. This scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue and interferes with the flow of blood through your liver.

The liver is the largest organ inside your body. It plays a key role in several functions necessary for your survival, including storing and processing nutrients, detoxifying your body, and making new proteins.

What are the Symptoms of Cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis typically doesn’t cause any signs or symptoms until extensive liver damage is already underway. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Bruising or bleeding more easily
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Itchy skin
  • Appetite loss
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Jaundice
  • Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin

What Causes Cirrhosis?

The most common causes of cirrhosis are:

  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Other possible causes of cirrhosis include:

  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Diseases that damage or destroy your liver’s bile ducts such as cystic fibrosis
  • Inherited diseases that affect the liver, such as Wilson’s disease
  • Infections such as schistosomiasis

How is Cirrhosis Diagnosed and Treated?

After Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad review your medical history and perform a physical exam, they may take a blood test, imaging tests, or a liver biopsy.

Then, they work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your condition. Depending on the cause of your cirrhosis and the severity of your condition, treatment may include:

  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Losing weight
  • Medications to control Hepatitis C

They can also provide treatments for any uncomfortable symptoms of cirrhosis, such as itching and abdominal pain.

The Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology team strives to preserve your liver function and prevent any future damage or disease. They provide resources to help you cope with lifestyle changes, such as tips on healthier eating and how to eliminate alcohol consumption.

If you suspect you may have liver cirrhosis, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.