Liver is one of the most important organs of the human body. It performs diverse functions like making proteins which keep us from bleeding uncontrollably from minor injuries, synthesizing glucose for use as fuel for other organs, storing important nutrients like vitamins and iron, detoxifying drugs and alcohol, eliminating waste products and making proteins important for our body’s immunity. So it is only logical that when a disease process affects the liver, the consequences will be diverse.
There are no specific symptoms of liver disease. But there are some of the symptoms that could be happened.
Jaundice or yellow discoloration of the eye whites is the most well recognized symptom of liver disease. Itching may be seen in a group of liver diseases (cholestasis), this is usually associated with clay colored stool. Pain in the right side of abdomen may be due to stretching of the covering of the liver caused by the latter’s enlargement. Dark colored urine is usually seen. There can be swelling of the abdomen (because of fluid collection-ascites), feet and even difficulty in breathing due to collection of fluid in the lining of the lungs. Long standing liver disease can produce symptoms due to deficiency of vitamins normally stored in the liver. These are night blindness (vitamin A), bone fractures (vitamin D) & bleeding (vitamin K). Other symptoms include lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and a general feeling of being sick.