Health Concerns

Cirrhosis and Liver Disease

Diagnosis Of Liver Disease And Cirrhosis

The symptoms of cirrhosis may be insidious, or there may be no symptoms at all for many years. If symptoms are present, they can include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), lethargy, bleeding from varices, and spidery veins under the skin.

While it can be difficult to diagnose liver disease by its symptoms alone, early liver damage is often apparent from blood test results. Standard blood tests of liver enzymes or bilirubin may show a suspicious elevation as well as alert the clinician to the possibility of liver dysfunction.

The deposition of fat in the liver (such as in fatty liver disease) can also be detected by diagnostic imaging techniques, such as computed tomography scanning, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.