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Oedema in cirrhosis. Close-up of the swollen leg of a 92-year-old male patient with oedema caused by cirrhosis. Oedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin and in body cavities. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver as a result of long-term damage. This means the liver cannot function properly and is most commonly caused by excessive alcohol intake, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
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