Over the years, the Liver has been the most affected organ by disease processes. This is as a result of the role it plays in keeping us alive. Every substance including Food we take through our mouths or any other route goes through the Liver. In addition, Most of the habits and behavioural pattern of individuals in developing countries like Nigeria do not Favour the health of the Liver. Such habits are as basic as taking extra tablets of Paracetamol, the every night drinking of beers and eating of vegetables not stored properly.
It is as a result of these, our initiative is focused on promoting of Liver health and where not possible prevent as many Liver diseases or pick them up in their early stages. This will not be possible if we don’t know the symptoms of Liver diseases generally which is why this article is centered around the Symptoms of Liver diseases.
The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, beneath the diaphragm and is protected by the lower right ribs. It also extends across the midline toward the left upper quadrant of the abdomen. Should it become enlarged, the liver will grow further across the upper abdomen and down towards the navel (umbilicus).
What Are Symptoms of Liver Diseases?
The liver is a large organ and a significant amount of liver tissue needs to be damaged before a person experiences symptoms of disease. Symptoms also may depend upon the type of liver disease.
The inflammation of hepatitis may be associated with pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, nausea and vomiting . This may also be seen in people with gallstones.
People may have jaundice (have a yellow-orange hue to their skin) because the liver cannot metabolize bilirubin (the normal breakdown product of old red blood cells).
There may be a tendency to bleed excessively or bruise easily because the liver is unable to manufacture blood clotting factors in adequate amounts.
Fatigue , weakness , weight loss , and shortness of breath because of muscle wasting; due to the inability of the liver to manufacture proteins.
Because the liver is involved in the metabolism of sex hormones, gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men) and impotence may occur.
In end-stage liver disease, ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity), and leg swelling may occur because of inadequate production of albumin by the liver.
There also may be difficulty in metabolizing ammonia causing its levels in the blood to rise, resulting in confusion due to encephalopathy (encephala=brain + pathy=dysfunction).
We only have one Liver, let’s keep it safe.