Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the liver occurs when severe damage has been done to the liver, weakening its capability to function normally. The most common origin of liver cirrhosis in the United States is chronic alcoholism. Cirrhosis can also be caused from a chronic viral infection of the liver (hepatitis types B, C, and D) or an inherited disease, such as cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis, and Wilson's disease.