The liver is an organ on the right side of your abdomen, just under your rib cage that helps with the digestion of food and eliminating toxic substances from your body. Liver disease can be caused by several factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use, and even obesity. It can also be inherited genetically. Over time, damage to the liver results in scarring (cirrhosis), which can lead to liver failure, a life-threatening condition.
Cirrhosis causes the liver deteriorate, making it unable to function properly. This buildup of scar tissue is typically a slow, drawn-out process. Once developed, cirrhosis of the liver can be a lifelong condition.
Liver Disease Symptoms
- Nausea or vomiting
- Itching skin
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain and/or swelling
- Swelling in the ankles or legs
- Any of the above symptoms for Liver Disease
- Yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Bruising or bleeding easily
- Weight loss
- Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin
Avoiding alcohol and other substances or losing weight can help with liver disease and cirrhosis. Your doctor also may prescribe medications, and in extreme cases hospitalization and surgery may be required .
Liver disease is a serious health issue with long-term implications. Please request an appointment to see one of our GI specialists soon.