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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped
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How do you tell if your liver is failing?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped
How do you tell if your liver is failing?

You'll know: You'll feel terrible, you'll be sick to your stomach and you will notice the whites of your eyes being unmistakably yellow when viewed in the sunlight. You may have discomfort in the right upper quadrant. None of these are specific. Early liver disease is often discovered on labs. If someone has warned you but scientific labs are normal & you feel okay, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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25 years in practice
49M people helped
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Dr. Mary Maluccio
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
22 years in practice
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How can you tell if you damaged your liver?

Dr. Mary Maluccio
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
22 years in practice
307K people helped
How can you tell if you damaged your liver?

Bloodwork and images: Depending on what the insult to the liver was, we can often see changes in the patients bloodwork. In patients who have had chronic damage to the liver due to alcohol or hepatitis, the bloodwork can remain fairly well preserved until late in the course of the disease. Ultrasound, MRI and ct are used to look at changes in the appearance of the liver architecture and bloodflow. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Ronen Elefant
Board Certified, Critical Care
8 years in practice
97K people helped
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Can you tell me how I could undo damage to liver after overdose?

Dr. Ronen Elefant
Board Certified, Critical Care
8 years in practice
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Can you tell me how I could undo damage to liver after overdose?

Simple: Dont do it again.

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
30 years in practice
494K people helped
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Can someone tell me how to know if my liver damaged i need an answer?

Dr. Enrique Molina
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
30 years in practice
494K people helped
Can someone tell me how to know if my liver damaged i need an answer?

Labs and imaging: get liver function tests (blood test) and an abdominal imaging (such as an ultrasound of the liver, CT or MRI) ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
177M people helped
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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

Liver damage: Some are spider nevi, palmar erythema, nail changer, finger deformity from contractures, gynecomastia, osteoarthropathy, impotence/infertility/testicular atrophy, large spleen/liver, fluid in abdomen (ascites), musty odor in breath, jaundice, weakness/fatigue/wt. Loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
39 years in practice
3M people helped
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How to tell if I have liver damage?

Dr. Troy Reyna
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
39 years in practice
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Look in mirror: If you are jaundiced, yellow pallor to skin or whites of eyes. Redness to palms, itching with no direct cause, loss of taste then i would check with your doctor. Check side effects of any and all medications that you take even supplements. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Could you tell me what are early symptoms of liver damage?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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Could you tell me what are early symptoms of liver damage?

Cirrhosis: Weakness, decreased appetite, weight loss, nose bleeds. More serious are jaundice, confusion, impotence, swelling of abdomen & legs. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
66M people helped
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Can you tell me if a person's liver was damaged, would they get sick from just a few alcoholic drinks?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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Possibly: An individual with preexisting liver disease should never drink alcohol. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Amster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is there a way to tell drug/medication damage on liver biopsy from disease process (for a child) ?

Dr. Michael Amster
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Is there a way to tell drug/medication damage on liver biopsy from disease process (for a child)
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Sort of: There are some drugs, such as acetominophen (tylenol) that cause a certain typed damage to the liver structure. Some chemotherapeutic agents can do the same thing. Otherwise, likely it will be difficult to distinguish from other types of liver damage, especially if there is a known liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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How can I tell if my liver damage is not healing?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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How can I tell if my liver damage is not healing?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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