(HealthDay News) -- Cirrhosis, often the result of a viral disease or chronic alcoholism, occurs when liver cells are damaged and cannot fix themselves.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says common symptoms of cirrhosis include:

  • Losing weight.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea or throwing up blood.
  • Feeling fatigued, weak or confused, or having difficulty paying attention.
  • Swelling of the abdomen.
  • Itchy skin or red palms.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin.
  • Urine that's dark brown.