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Most With Cirrhosis Don't Know They Have It

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 11:24 AM

Cirrhosis of the liver affects more than 200,000 more adults a year than previously thought, and 69 percent don't know they have the disease, a new study shows.
 
Researchers at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill., performed the first-ever study to find out just how common the disease is by examining data from a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
They found the prevalence of cirrhosis was approximately 0.27 percent, which corresponds to 633,323 adults in the United States. Previous estimates pegged the number of adults with cirrhosis at about 400,000.
 
They also found the following:
 
•    People with cirrhosis had a mortality rate of 26.4 percent compared with an 8.4 percent two-year mortality rate among adults who did not have cirrhosis.
•    People with cirrhosis tended to be older and men were more at risk than women.
•    A quarter of people with cirrhosis reported they drank alcohol in excess during the prior year, and nearly half tested positive for the hepatitis C virus
 
Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure and liver cancer and is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause of death in people age 45 to 54.
 

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