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Who is at Risk for Developing Cirrhosis?

In the United States, chronic Hepatitis C and heavy alcohol consumption are the most common causes of cirrhosis, although people who have never consumed alcohol can develop cirrhosis. Other risk factors that include genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices all play a role in the risk of developing cirrhosis. However, just because a person is at risk for cirrhosis, doesn’t necessarily mean that he will definitely develop this condition over the course of a normal life span.

Cirrhosis is irreversible scarring of the liver. However, because cirrhosis progresses slowly, it allows a person to obtain treatment from a liver specialist before cirrhosis actually occurs.

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