Pathology: alopecia

Alopecia is sometimes seen in cirrhotic patients, though the exact mechanism is not well understood.  It is likely related to a deficiency of vitamins, minerals and proteins, some of which the liver is responsible for producing.  While there are no specific remedies, a daily multivitamin is a good start.  Consultation with a dermatologist may be required. 

Hair loss can also be seen in other liver related conditions.  These include adverse side effects from interferon, the presence of multiple autoimmune diseases (that may include autoimmune hepatitis or primary biliary cirrhosis), or perhaps a post-transplant phenomenon.  Regardless of the cause, alopecia is usually unnerving to the patient.

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