Liver cirrhosis, biopsy light micrograph

Liver cirrhosis, biopsy light micrograph

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Caption: Liver cirrhosis. Light micrograph of a biopsy sample of liver tissue showing early signs of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a condition in which normal liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue. In this early stage, there are nodules of regenerating liver tissue (pink) surrounded by bands of fibrous tissue (blue). Cirrhosis severely disrupts the function of the liver, leading to weakness, jaundice, fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites) and eventually liver failure, which is fatal. In most cases it is caused by alcoholism or infection with the Hepatitis C virus. The damage cannot be reversed, although avoiding contributing factors can prevent it worsening. In severe cases, a liver transplant is needed.

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Keywords: biopsy, cirrhosis, collagen, condition, diagnosis, diagnostic, disease, disorder, healthcare, hepatic, histopathology, light micrograph, light microscope, liver, medical, medicine, micronodular, micronodule, micronodules, sample, scar, scarring, technique, tissue

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