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Diagnosing alcoholic liver cirrhosis includes having a physical exam and one or more diagnostic tests:
Physical exam: We start with a comprehensive physical exam where we look for symptoms of liver disease, such as jaundice or bruising easily. We also learn more about your medical history, as well as habits and behaviors that may be contributing to your condition.
Blood test: A simple blood test tells us how your condition is affecting your liver. For example, if you have anemia and low levels of folate or vitamin B12, you may not be getting proper nutrition. Learn more about liver disease testing.
Imaging: We use advanced imaging techniques, such as the FibroScan® system, instead of a liver biopsy, to precisely measure how much healthy liver you have left. We are one of the programs in the Bay Area where this technology is available.