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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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How do you tell if your liver is failing?

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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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


Dr. Mary Maluccio
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How can you tell if you damaged your liver?

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. Ronen Elefant
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Dr. Enrique Molina
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Can someone tell me how to know if my liver damaged i need an answer?

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. Alan Ali
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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

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
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How to tell if I have liver damage?

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

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
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How can I tell if my liver damage is not healing?

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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