Hepatitis and liver cirrhosis are closely related, but differ in symptoms, causes, treatments, etc. This article describes the similarities and differences between these two types of liver disease.
One of the most sensitive organs of our body is the liver. Even a minor infection of this organ may have serious consequences in the near future. Hepatitis and cirrhosis are both diseases associated with the liver. Both are medically different. Although their symptoms and causes are almost the same, there are some things that make them different. This article highlights some similarities and many similarities between these two major diseases.
Hepatitis vs. Cirrhosis of the liver
Before we go into detail, it is important to understand each disease individually. While hepatitis with drugs is curable, cirrhosis of the liver means permanent liver damage, which can also occur in chronic hepatitis.
Hepatitis: Hepatitis, along with several other hosts, is caused by the hepatitis B virus. This leads to liver inflation and can become severe over time. The different types of hepatitis are the alcoholic hepatitis, the infectious hepatitis, the autoimmune hepatitis and the drug-induced hepatitis.
Cirrhosis of the liver: Cirrhosis is the medical condition of a chronic scarring of the liver. This is often caused by chronic infections like chronic hepatitis. After that, the liver weakens and scarring worsens. It is said that cirrhosis can not be cured medically. Many drinkers who can not control their alcohol intake have a higher risk of liver cirrhosis.
Hepatitis and cirrhosis: similarities
Hepatitis and cirrhosis are both diseases due to abnormal or irregular liver functions.
Both diseases can trigger cancer cells in the patient's liver in addition to the likelihood of liver failure and liver transplantation.
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Hepatitis and cirrhosis: dissimilarities
Although the root cause for both diseases is the same, they are very different from each other. Here are the main differences between hepatitis and liver cirrhosis.
Symptoms of liver cirrhosis are more severe compared to hepatitis. The symptoms of hepatitis can also be cirrhosis of the liver, but not the other way around.
While hepatitis is curable and reversible until severe, liver cirrhosis is irreversible. However, it is possible to control the severity of cirrhosis if diagnosed on time.
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] In hepatitis, the goal of treatment is to reduce the primary causes of the disease. The treatment of infection and the removal of the hepatitis virus are the first steps in hepatitis treatment. On the other hand, it is impossible to treat cirrhosis of the liver. Therefore, doctors are more likely to try to control the symptoms of cirrhosis in a way that does not further damage the patient's liver.
In acute hepatitis, the liver enzymes AST and ALT are increased. While in liver cirrhosis the initial liver function blood tests may be slightly abnormal.
Hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver are similar in many respects but only occur on an ongoing basis. Fortunately, many of the causes of liver inflammation leading to cirrhosis are reversible with good early-stage medical care.
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Written by Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff July 28, 2019