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Answered 2016-08-25 07:25:39

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis of the liver is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrotic scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules, leading to progressive loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by Alcoholism and hepatitis C, but has many other possible causes. Cirrhosis is generally irreversible once it occurs, and treatment generally focuses on preventing progression and complications. In advanced stages of cirrhosis the only option is a liver transplant.1

Sulphasalazine, an inexpensive drug used for Arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, can reverse the scarring associated with cirrhosis of the liver, according to scientists at the University of Newcastle in the UK.

Previously thought to be irreversible, new research on animals has found that the scarring damage can be reversed with the drug. If research with humans conforms these findings, it may mean that use of the drug could eliminate the need for liver transplants.

The scientists will start clinical trials with previously heavy drinkers who no longer drink and whose livers are heavily scarred.

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What is the medical term meaning scarring of the liver?

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