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What is Chronic Liver Failure?

Description of the disease

Chronic liver failure is a condition in which the liver functions are reduced for a prolonged period of time. This leads to disturbances in metabolism, poisoning of the body by metabolic products and other substances, as well as disruptions in the functioning of other organs and systems.


  • Class A - compensated liver failure
  • Class B - moderate decompensation of liver function
  • Class C - severe decompensation with possible complications


  • Enlargement of the liver
  • Jaundice
  • Edema
  • Weight loss
  • Asthenia and weakness


The main cause of chronic liver failure is cirrhosis of the liver. Other causes may include viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, disorders of lipid metabolism, and other diseases.


Diagnosis includes clinical studies, biochemical blood tests, ultrasound examination of the liver, biopsy.


Treatment aims to eliminate the underlying disease, reduce symptoms, and improve quality of life. In severe cases, liver transplantation may be required.


Prevention includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, abstaining from alcohol and other harmful habits, and timely seeking medical attention at the first signs of liver pathology.


Treatment of this disease is carried out by a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.