Can Cirrhotic Livers Regenerate?

November 26, 2014

The regeneration of normal and cirrhotic liver has been very well demonstrated after partial hepatectomy; although the tissue regenerated by cirrhotic liver is also cirrhotic.  The structural differences of the regenerated tissues between normal and cirrhotic livers may also indicate different regeneration capacities.  In this rat study, cirrhotic livers revealed a significantly depressed capacity for regeneration following partial hepatectomy. Alpha tocopherol administration seemed to improve the rates of regeneration in cirrhotic rats.

Here is the link to the article:

Regenerative Capacities of Normal and Cirrhotic Livers Following 70% Hepatectomy in Rats and the Effect of Alpha-tocopherol on Cirrhotic Regeneration

God bless you and to your good health!

Joyce Gibb MS, CRNP


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