Liver Failure Symptoms

liver failure symptoms

Liver failure can result when a large part of the liver is damaged beyond repair thus affects the normal functioning of the organ. Normally, liver failures occur over long duration except for the acute liver that occurs rapidly mostly within two days. It is vital to seek medical attention immediately signs of liver failure are detected.

Sequence of Liver failure symptoms

At the early stages, liver failure symptoms are similar to symptoms of many other common illnesses thus making it difficult to diagnose the condition. The symptoms at the stage are inclusive of nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue and diarrhea. At much advanced stages, the liver failure symptoms become more severe hence calling for immediate attention from specialists. Symptoms include jaundice, which is one of the major liver failure symptoms. It is a condition that results as a failure of the liver to produce bile juice properly. Jaundice is signified by the skin on the entire body and at times the white part of the eye turning pale yellow or orange. There are two types of jaundice commonly known; the yang and yin jaundice. Yang jaundice is characterized by thirst, palpitations, constipation abdominal distention yellowing of the tongue and the entire body color resembling fresh tangerine color. This type of jaundice is believed to result from excess dampness or moist heat. For the yin Jaundice, the skin, face and eyes of the sufferer turn yellow. Severe fever, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, chest repression, breaking breath among others also form part of the liver failure symptoms.

Loss of appetite that results from digestion complications is yet another of the liver failure symptoms.  Lack of appetite will gradually result the sufferer losing weight and poor metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins at its worst. Poor appetite can at times lead to anemia. Other symptoms that come along with loss of appetite include vomiting that at times may contain blood, diarrhea and nausea that makes the body of the sufferer generally weak.

Another liver failure symptom is the light color of the stool which can be either gray or pale. This color of the stool is as a result of bile pigments obstruction due to low secretion of the juice or bile duct blockage. The bile pigments obstruction mostly occurs due to scarring, stones or inflammation of the liver membranes.

Abdominal pain as one of the liver failure symptoms occur when the abdominal region beneath the ribs becomes extended due to hepatomegaly or ascites. At severe levels, this distention causes painful breathing due to the pressure build up on the diaphragm.

Excessive thirst and frequent urination are also some of the liver failure symptoms although they are common in other illnesses. Other liver failure symptoms include headaches, allergy, dizziness, stroke or coma, eye redness and itching, short-lived temper and regular irritation, depression and mood swings.

Basically, the severity of the liver failure condition determines the most expected liver failure symptoms. Medication of the liver failure is also depending on the stage or how severe the liver failure symptoms are.

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