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Are there easily recognizable signs of liver failure?

Are there easily recognizable signs of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure, depending on how rapidly it occurs, will cause fluid in the abdomen(ascites), leg swelling, and a distinct yellow/bronze discoloration of the skin called jaundice. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What are some signs of liver failure?

What are some signs of liver failure?

Many: Confusion, skin color and the eyes turn yellow, there is a change to very dark urine(coca cola color) then belly might enlarge with fluid, the legs can begin to swell. If any of these are suspected please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of liver damage?

What are some early signs of liver damage?

Can be subtle: The liver can suffer a lot of damage before it becomes apparent that something is wrong, which is why it is so important to be screened for common causes, like hepatitis b and c, while you feel normal. Often early symptoms are fatigue and just not feeling well. Later symptoms of advanced cirrhosis (severe scarring) include easy bleeding, swelling, yellow skin or eyes, breasts in men, etc. ...Read more

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Are there visible signs of dementia?

Are there visible signs of dementia?

Not until later: Wearing inappropriate clothing, poor grooming , improper use of makeup & personality changes. ...Read more

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What are classic early signs of kidney damage and what are common causes of kidney damage leading to failure?

What are classic early signs of kidney damage and what are common causes of kidney damage leading to failure?

Signs of kidney dama: There are no classic signs of kidney damage, kidney damage can occur silently. Recurrent uti's, specially pyelonephritis can lead to chronic kidney damage, long standing obstruction of the urinary tract, urinary reflux into the kidneys, congenital and hereditary abnormalities like polycystic kidneys, congenital obstruction (upj), glomerulonephritis. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of liver failure?

Acute/chronic differ: There acute (fast) and chronic (slow) liver failure. Acute liver failure can occur with an overdose or a virus - you present with decreased energy, nausea, vomiting, pain, decreased mental status. Chronic liver failure occurs over years' time from hepatitis c, alcohol, fatty liver, others. You present with yellowing of skin, lack of energy, decreased mental status, leg swelling, abdominal fluid. ...Read more

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Are there different levels of hepatic encephalopathy? Is the condition reversible if liver transplant is ruled out?

Are there different levels of hepatic encephalopathy? Is the condition reversible if liver transplant is ruled out?

Yes: There are 5 stages of hepatic encephalopqthy. It is treatable even if transplant not an option. Ask the transplant hepatolgist (the liver doc) to help with this problem. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of hepatic encephalopothy?

What are the early signs of hepatic encephalopothy?

Confusion: It can vary in how it manifests which can be mild confusion to coma. ...Read more

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What are some early symptoms of liver damage?

What are some early symptoms of liver damage?

End-stage vs. Acute: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of congestive heart failure that are visible before a diagnostic test?

What are symptoms of congestive heart failure that are visible before a diagnostic test?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, initially with exercise, and in more severe cases even at rest. This may be worse when lying flat and may cause awakening with shortness of breath. Frequent nighttime awakening to pass urine may occur. Swelling of the ankles may develop, engorgement of veins in the neck may be seen. In very severe cases, there may even be swelling of the abdomen. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver that are terminal?

Cirrhosis signs: End stage cirrhosis usually presents with jaundice, ascites, varices, bleeding, or profound weakness. It can be managed with palliative care and/or hospice. ...Read more

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What are signs of cirrhosis?

What are signs of cirrhosis?

Signs of Cirrhosis: There are many "signs" or physical findings of cirrhosis. These include: spider angiomata (small spider like blood vessels on the skin, see picture), clubbing of the fingers, palmar erythema (reddening of the palms), gynecomastia (enlargement of the breasts in males), enlargement of the liver and spleen, ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen), jaundice (yellowing of skin) and many more. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver failure because your an alcoholic?

What are the signs of liver failure because your an alcoholic?

Alcohol liver dz.: Sxs of liver disease due to alcoholism may include: nausea, vomiting, drop in appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain & bloating, yellowing of skin & eyes, itching, numbness of legs/ feet, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue & thirst. If you have these sxs - please get immediate medical help. You can work with an addiction medicine specialist & alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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What are some signs of kidney damage?

What are some signs of kidney damage?

Kidney damage signs: There are two simple tests to see if you have kidney problems. One is an urine analysis. If you have protein or red blood cells in your urine, there may be a problem with your kidneys. The other way is to have a blood test to see what the BUN and creatinine levels are. If they are elevated, you should see a nephrologist to find out why and what can be done about it. Goo luck. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver damage caused by HIV medication?

What are the signs of liver damage caused by HIV medication?

LFT's: Elevated liver function tests (alt, ast and ggt). Just because medications are started that are cleared through the liver (protease inhibitors)'doesn't necessarily mean there will be dysfunction. Is important to try and minimize all meds that get cleared through the liver (statins for example if possible). Avoiding alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen) is very important. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of kidney failure when no symptoms are present?

What can be the cause of kidney failure when no symptoms are present?

Two leading causes:: Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney failure. With acute diabetes, a person may notice excessive hunger, excessive thirst and excessive urination. But often, it just creeps up! Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms at all. So see your doctor for blood tests, a urinalysis, and a physical examination. Early diagnosis matters! LGromkoMD ...Read more

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Are there easily recognizable signs of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure, depending on how rapidly it occurs, will cause fluid in the abdomen(ascites), leg swelling, and a distinct yellow/bronze discoloration of the skin called jaundice. ...Read more

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What are some signs of liver failure?

Many: Confusion, skin color and the eyes turn yellow, there is a change to very dark urine(coca cola color) then belly might enlarge with fluid, the legs can begin to swell. If any of these are suspected please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver failure because your an alcoholic?

Alcohol liver dz.: Sxs of liver disease due to alcoholism may include: nausea, vomiting, drop in appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain & bloating, yellowing of skin & eyes, itching, numbness of legs/ feet, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue & thirst. If you have these sxs - please get immediate medical help. You can work with an addiction medicine specialist & alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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What blood tests can show signs of liver failure?

What blood tests can show signs of liver failure?

See below: Serum levels of enzymes; AST, ALT, Alkaline phosphatase; bilirubin, albumin, Coagulation factors (INR), and blood ammonia are among the common tests that may be abnormal in liver failure. ...Read more

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What are liver failure signs ?

What are liver failure signs ?

Blood tests: You usually see signs of this in the blood tests first (low albumin, elevated INR). Patients can develop fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), muscle wasting (sarcopenia), swelling in the legs (edema), or GI bleeding (throwing up blood from dilated vessels in the esophagus). If you are at risk of liver failure, you should be followed closely by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is high bilirubin a sign of liver failure?

Is high bilirubin  a sign of liver failure?

Not necessarily: How high is the bilirubin and what type is it? High bilirubin can be due to bile duct obstruction, genetic causes, and also liver injury. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Are yellow nails a sign of liver "failure" or an "inflamed" one?

Usually not: Usually in liver failure the whites of the eyes are the first to change color, but best checked with a simple lab test. See your physician. ...Read more

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Im diebetic been a big drinker but stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the signs if im starting kidney failure is there pain anything?

Im diebetic been a big drinker but stop I have liver failure don't no the stage what are the signs if im starting kidney failure is there pain anything?

Often None: I'm glad you have stopped drinking. Your liver may experience some recovery. Kidney failure often has no symptoms, but can be detected early by blood tests (bun, creatinine). Your doctor is most likely monitoring these along with your liver. ...Read more

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I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure i was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and i would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi

I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure i was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and i would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi

There are several.: Most patients with hep c (hcv) don't develop liver failure. Liver failure develops only after patients have developed cirrhosis. Signs of liver failure are often first seen in the blood (low albumin, elevated inr). Fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (encephalopathy) are also signs of a failing liver. Jaundice (yellow) is not necessarily a sign of failure. ...Read more

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What the symptoms or signs of kidney failure im a diabetic & has stop drinking I have liver failure i don't no what stage there has to be a sign?

What the symptoms or signs of kidney failure im a diabetic & has stop drinking I have liver failure i don't no what stage there has to be a sign?

Plenty: Decreased urine output may or may not be seen, change in urine color possible, fatigue, swelling, chest pain. Depends on the severity of kidney problems. Please see a more comprehensive list here: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd.Html. ...Read more

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My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?

My mother is in a coma and has liver failure and brain swelling. She opened her eyes but didn't move them is this a good sign?

NO!: Surely there is one or more doctors caring for your mother and they should be discussing this with you. If that is not happening you must contact an ambulance to get Mother to the nearest Emergency Facility!! This is no doubt a big issue for you. The Emergency team will not ignore you but will do what they can for you. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver failure?

Symptoms of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure is usually do to some inflammatory process damaging the liver. Jaundice, nausea, vomitting, itching, bruising and bleeding are associated woth liver failire. ...Read more

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Can you die from liver failure?

Definitely: You need your liver to live. It's the master biochemist in the body; makes proteins, bile, clotting factors, detoxifies drugs, chemicals, poisons, etc. Death from liver failure usually is not pretty; can be associated with abdominal fluid collection (ascites), which can get infected, altered mental status (with or without coma), weight loss, bleeding from varicose veins of esophagus stomach, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver failure?

What are the symptoms of liver failure?

Many: Progressive weakness, loss of weight, changing mental status, fluid retention in the belly and legs, yellow of the eyes, vomit of blood or in stool....Any or all of these can be present. ...Read more

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Does anyone know cause of liver failure?

Man causes: From viral hepatitis with one or more of 8 or more viruses, alcohol, fatty liver disease, and others. The liver is one of the more resilient organs in our bodies, but it has its limits. ...Read more

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Liver Failure (Definition)

A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more