Signs of Liver Diseases

Early Symptoms of Liver Diseases

  • Lethargy
  • Itching
  • Fever and joint pains
  • Swelling of feet
  • Indigestion
  • Itching
  • Red spots on skin
  • Loss of texture and colour of skin
  • Altered sleep cycle

Late Symptoms of Liver Diseases

  • Swelling of abdomen
  • Altered conscious state (coma)
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, gums or rectum
  • Jaundice
  • Tremor in hands
  • Slurred speech

Symptoms of Liver Diseases

When the liver gets damaged uniformly by toxins, bile, drugs, alcohol, hepatitis infections or by certain genetic conditions, the normal tissue gets replaced with scars. As the disease progresses the scars coalesce to form bridging fibrosis. Liver cirrhosis progressively shrinks the liver. As the volume of normal functioning liver cells reduce, liver failure ensues. Advanced liver failure is incompatible with life and will need a liver transplant...


Common Liver diseases

This is the most common cause of liver cirrhosis in most parts of the world with 3 distinct clinical phases - acute fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis and can occur in varying combinations. Acute fatty change progresses to cirrhosis in 20% of patients, alcoholic hepatitis develops only in a small proportion of patients after decades of abuse and may progress to cirrhosis. Once cirrhosis develops it is irreversible and progresses at the rate of 10% every year provided there is no further abuse. Liver cancer can develop in 20% of these cirrhotics....