Liver cirrhosis is a change in liver connective tissue that prevents the liver from functioning as it should, leading to complications. Liver cirrhosis is a chronically progressing disease that is not curable.
The most common cause for liver cirrhosis is alcohol abuse, followed by hepatitis B, C and D, but there are also other, rare causes. Local inflammation processes cause liver tissue to turn into functionless scar tissue (connective tissue), leading to an increasing liver insufficiency. Liver cirrhosis is not curable, but its process can be slowed down.
Besides symptoms associated with the underlying condition, patients are mainly suffering from the organ’s increasing loss of function. General symptoms are fatigue and exhaustion, reduced performance capability, men lose their chest hair, and women suffer from menstrual disorders. Advanced stages will further cause jaundice (icterus), bleeding propensity and ascites. Varicose appear inside the oesophagus, which can burst and cause very strong bleeding.
Symptoms other than the general symptoms can occur relatively early. The patient will not be aware, but a doctor would notice, being able to diagnose it early. This includes vascular spiders (spider naevi), chapped lips and tongue, redness of palms and soles as well as white nails. The physical examination is usually followed by an ultrasound and blood sampling to confirm the diagnoses. The therapy consists of general measures such as alcohol abstention and leaving out all substances (e.g. medication) that may damage the liver further, sufficient supply with calories and protein; and measures to cure the underlying condition (alcohol withdrawal, treatment of hepatitis) as well as possible complications.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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