When I was 12 I went to the hospital do to an extremely high fever and severe abdominal pain. The pain was so excruciating it hurt to breathe and walk. After a few days of the doctors running tests on me and telling me I had a high white blood count and my liver was inflamed and enlarged they told me they diagnosed me with juvenile onset of cirrhosis. I was just wondering if maybe someone could explain what that really means? Should I be worried if I have a drink every now and then with some friends? It's been five years since the hospital visit and the diagnosis and I've had no further problems with my liver, at least none that are noticeable.
And what is the difference between juvenile cirrhosis and just normal cirrhosis? Thanks!
Juvenile cirrhosis, is a form of liver disorder that occurs due to genetic or metabolic abnormality causing destruction of liver cells followed by fibrotic repair.
Such disorders can be associated with autoimmune conditions as well.
Since most of your tests are within the normal range at present there is nothing to worry. But you need to work with a hepatologist who can monitor your liver function tests regularly once in 3-6 months to check for progression of the condition.
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