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Cirrhosis is long-term liver damage caused by the scarring of healthy liver tissue. The liver has many functions, including detoxifying the body, aiding in digestion, cleaning the blood, and making vital nutrients. With cirrhosis, the scarring slows down blood flow through the liver. As the disease progresses, the liver gets so damaged that it stops working — what is called liver failure. Cirrhosis, in most cases, is a result of excessive alcohol consumption or hepatitis B or C infection.