Chronic Liver Disease


The Full form of CLD is Chronic Liver Disease. The liver is an organ about the size of a football that sits under the rib cage on the right side of abdomen. The liver is essential for digesting food and ridding your body of toxic substances. CLD can be genetic (inherited) or caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses and alcohol use. Obesity is also associated with liver damage. Over a period of time, damage to the liver results in scarring (cirrhosis), this can lead to liver failure, a life-threatening condition. Cirrhosis or CLD is when scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue. This stops the liver from working normally. Cirrhosis/CLD is a long-term (chronic) liver disease. The damage to your liver builds up over time. The liver is your body’s largest internal organ. The most common causes of cirrhosis are Hepatitis and other viruses, Long-term alcohol abuse (Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (this happens from metabolic syndrome and is caused by conditions such as obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and triglycerides). Symptoms of CLD may include fluid buildup in the belly (ascites), vomiting blood, gallstones, itching, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), loss of appetite etc.