Cirrhosis of the liver causes healthy liver tissues to be replaced with fats and scar tissues. Normal functions of the liver can be seriously affected. If it is not properly addressed, it can eventually lead to liver disease or liver cancer. Cirrhosis is also commonly caused by having contracted hepatitis (Hepatitis B and C) and/or chronic alcohol consumption.
Prior to 1990, before strict screening standards, many patients with bleeding disorders got sick with viral Hepatitis C and B due to transfusion of contaminated blood and other blood-related products. About 85% of infected people with Hepatitis C progress into having chronic liver infection like cirrhosis and other liver diseases.
Apart from this, certain drugs like acetaminophen can cause severe adverse reaction that can also lead to cirrhosis. One example is the diabetes drug Rezulin which caused at least 60 deaths from liver diseases such as cirrhosis, based on the findings of the FDA. It was pulled off the market in 2000.
Causes of Cirrhosis:
Medical Malpractice (e.g. failure to diagnose)
Drug Interaction (e.g. Acetaminophen)
Hepatitis (e.g. Blood transfusion contaminated with Hepatitis B and C)
Some Symptoms of Cirrhosis:
Yellowing of the skin (Jaundice)
Redness of the palms
Buildup of fluid in the legs and abdomen
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, seek the help of a leading Ohio medical malpractice attorney Jami S. Oliver for your legal options.
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