Liver disease treatment

What is liver disease?

Though there are many reasons and causes of liver disease, including genetics, the three main contributions are alcohol, fatty liver disease, and viral hepatitis.

The health of your liver is important, as its main functions include filtering the blood to remove and break down harmful waste, regulating chemical and cholesterol levels, and storing vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, some liver diseases become quite severe before they show clear symptoms, which include feeling nauseated or drowsy, loss of appetite or weight loss, experiencing jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), and swelling in the abdomen.

If left untreated, liver disease could cause liver failure or liver scarring, also known as cirrhosis. Scarring of the liver is permanent, and causes the blood pressure in the liver to increase, as the liver finds it harder to filter through the blood.

What does this involve?

To correctly diagnose the problem, your consultant will perform some tests. Depending on the patient's condition, this may include blood testing, using imaging technology to view the liver, and performing tests on the liver organ tissue.

Once the cause of the liver disease has been established, your consultant will be able to administer the correct treatment. This is dependent on the cause of the liver disease, and may include lifestyle and diet changes, prescribed medicines, surgery, or, in severe cases, a liver transplant.

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