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Cirrhosis of the liver. Cross-section through a gross specimen of a liver with cirrhosis. The normal liver tissue has been replaced with fibrous scar tissue. Cirrhosis is a degenerative disease that leads to thickening of the liver tissue and loss of function. It can be caused by toxins, most usually alcohol, metabolic disorders or viral hepatitis. The damage is irreversible but can be slowed or halted with treatment of the underlying condition.
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