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Doctor insights on: Signs And Symptoms Of Liver Damage

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 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End-stage vs. Acute: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself.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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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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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What are the first symptoms of liver damage from alcohol?

What are the first symptoms of liver damage from alcohol?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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I've been on pain medication for a few years now, how long does it take for liver damage to set in? Are there symptoms of liver damage to look for?

I've been on pain medication for a few years now, how long does it take for liver damage to set in? Are there symptoms of liver damage to look for?

Rare: Narcotics rarely cause liver damage. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is another issue; below 2.4 grams per day is considered safe as long as you don't drink alcohol. 7 tablets of 325 mg would be the maximum safe dose. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of liver damage caused by rezulin?

Nothing specifc: Drug induced liver injury from Rezulin would appear similar to injury from other drugs and it would include abnormal liver tests and possibly jaundice. ...Read more

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After years of being diagnosed with Hepatitis A, my husband still has elevated ALT and AST. What does this mean? He has no symptoms of liver damage.

After years of being diagnosed with Hepatitis A, my husband still has elevated ALT and AST. What does this mean? He has no symptoms of liver damage.

Not hepatitis A: Hepatitis A doesn't go chronic like this. Hubby has elevated labs from some other cause. Test after 2 weeks off alcohol & all meds. If still high, a competent physician will rule out chronic hepatitis B and C, Wilson's, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis & maybe more. Sometimes this is genetic, and/or his body's way of asking for a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more

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What are the physical signs of liver damage?

What are the physical signs of liver damage?

All show late: Bloodwork shows liver injury much earlier than physical signs, which can include: dry / rough skin; yellow coloration (jaundice); altered mental status; prominent blood vessels around belly button; swollen neck veins; easy bruising/bleeding; abdomen distension (ascites); stool changes (color / consistency); day/night sleep reversal... ...Read more