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Liver Disease

What is Liver Disease?

What is Liver Disease?

Liver Disease is an amalgamation of a variety of different diseases pertaining to the liver and its better operation. From hepatitis and its various forms to fatty liver disease and more, liver disease is a common disease in America, with 1 in 10 Americans having some form of a liver disease. As liver disease progresses in the body, it may lead to further complications including cirrhosis, portal hypertension, liver failure and liver cancer - which can prove fatal.

Symptoms of Liver Disease

Symptoms of Liver Disease

The symptoms of Liver Disease vary from person to person, and sometimes don’t even show at all. However, some symptoms include:

  • Jaundice
  • Pale Stool
  • Dark Urine
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Bruising
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Abdominal pain and swelling (edema)
Liver Disease Diagnosis.

Who is at risk for Liver Disease?

  • Those who are overweight or obsese
  • Those who are chronic alcoholics
  • Those who have had liver cancer
  • Those who have inherited diseases such as Wilson disease and hemochromatosis
  • Those with viral infections including hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Those who practice unsafe sex
  • Those who inject illicit drugs sharing used needles
Who is at risk for Liver Disease?

Liver Disease Diagnosis

Physicians traditionally diagnose liver disease using blood tests, imaging tests including fibroscans, and liver biopsies.

Treatment Options.

Treatment Options

Depending on the severity, progression, and type of liver disease you have, your doctor will be able to adapt a treatment plan for your unique needs, which may include taking medications to reduce the risk for viral infections, making changes in your lifestyle to reduce the progression of liver disease, as well as a liver transplant in advanced cases. 

Liver Disease Prevention.

Liver Disease Prevention

  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Limiting the intake of popular over-the-counter medications that cause liver damage such as acetaminophen
  • Maintaining a regular exercising regime
  • Limiting consumption of red meats
  • Practice safe sex at all times
  • Do not share needles

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