Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver that, overtime, will reduce liver function.  That really is a simple explanation for a complex and potentially debilitating condition. There are many factors that can begin the process of cirrhosis including, but not limited to: repeated heart failure, damage to the biliary ducts that drain the liver, chronic alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and fatty liver disease.

The liver preforms vital functions and anything that inhibits that function can be potentially life threatening.  If you have any symptoms of liver failure or cirrhosis it is crucial that you seek medical help immediately. 

Symptoms include: loss of appetite, deep fatigue, bruising, swelling in the ankles, legs and abdomen, dark urine, light colored stool, itchy skin, and yellowing of the skin and eyes.