Late Cirrhosis SymptomsAs the liver continues to be damaged and scarred, it may stop performing one or more of its normal functions. For example, it may stop cleaning harmful wastes, toxins, and drugs from the blood. It may also stop making enough of the proteins your body needs to function properly.
When the liver becomes badly damaged with cirrhosis, several late symptoms can begin to appear. These late symptoms of cirrhosis may include:
- A worsening of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Fluid buildup in the stomach area and legs (ascites)
- A slowing of mental function
- Bruising or bleeding easily, including frequent nosebleeds
- Intense itching
- Personality changes
- Bleeding in the stomach and esophagus (varices).
Other problems may also develop as a result of severe cirrhosis. These cirrhosis complications may include:
- Sensitivity to medication
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Liver cancer
- Coma or death.
(Click Cirrhosis Complications for more information.)