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Karen Klimas



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Cirrhosis is quickly becoming a prevalent disease in the United States alone and affects 1 in every 400 Americans. Cirrhosis occurs when the liver's fibrous bands are no longer fibrous in response to the liver being scarred and no longer being able to filter toxins from the blood. Ultrasound is a key tool along with blood tests that allows cirrhosis to definitively be detected and diagnosed in patients. Cirrhosis can be either non-alcoholic or alcoholic depending on the patient’s history and there are distinct differences in appearance of the liver sonographically as well as symptoms and treatment of this disease as it progresses. It is essential to determine sonographic findings of the progression of the normal liver to cirrhosis of the liver and to comprehend the difference between treating alcoholic and non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. It is also crucial to understand the diagnosis, disease process, complications, symptoms, prognosis, and reversal of cirrhosis of the liver in order to both recognize this disease and be able to care for anyone with this disease.

Keywords: liver, cirrhosis, fatty infiltration, sonography, non-alcoholic, elastography

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Medical Imaging


liver, cirrhosis, fatty infiltration, sonography, non-alcoholic, elastography


Medicine and Health Sciences

The Sonographic Progression of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease into Non-Alcoholic Cirrhosis of the Liver



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