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What To Expect With Liver Failure
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad things happen: The liver is necessary for life, so if the liver fails, bad things happen. Toxic chemicals that are natural byproducts of the human body start to build up (such as ammonia) and damage many organs. Necessary proteins that a normal liver makes, are no longer made (such as Albumin and the clotting proteins). Without albumin, a major protein in blood plasma, a person will swell up with fluid.... ...Read more
Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions 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 ...Read more
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