A Healthy Liver is Essential
With so many important functions, having a healthy liver is key to living well. If your liver is damaged, it affects almost your entire body, leading to poor health, or worse. ***

Some Common Liver Concerns

Liver function is mostly dependent on the health of the liver cells, and will be impaired when the health of the liver and liver cells are weakened by the following conditions:

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Drug-induced Liver Injury

When the medicines enter our body, the liver processes them and converts them into chemicals which the body can use or discharge. During this process, these chemicals can attack and injure the liver, which results in the symptoms of any liver disease such as severe fatigue, abdominal pain and swelling, yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes, fever, nausea and vomiting or even death.

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Viral hepatitis

The inflammation of the liver caused by any of the 5 types of viruses, Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E is known as viral hepatitis. In most cases, the inflammation causes swelling and in in some cases, permanent liver damage.

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Fatty liver

Fatty liver is the result of the accumulation of excess fats in liver cells. It usually manifests in people who are obese (overweight), diabetic or who have elevated cholesterol or triglyceride in their blood. Excessive or prolong intake of alcohol is a cause of fatty liver too. A person with fatty liver usually does not have any symptoms but in some cases, may feel tired or have vague abdominal discomfort. Fatty liver may progress into a more serious problem and become inflamed (hepatitis) if the underlying cause is not resolved.

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Alcoholic Liver Disease is caused by prolonged or excessive consumption of alcohol. The problem may range from fat accumulation in the liver cells to inflammation, which is the hardening of the liver (also known as cirrhosis where liver cells and tissues are replaced by scar tissue). Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure. In many cases, there are no symptoms in the early stage of alcoholic liver disease. However, if excessive consumption of alcohol is not stopped, the disease can advance and damage the liver tissue resulting in symptoms like yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice), poor appetite, fatigue, weight loss, weakness, pain in the right upper areas of the abdomen. In severe cases, it may lead to the swelling of the legs and abdomen and bleeding.

Reference

Hepatology Textbook and Atlas, 3rd edition by Erwin Kuntz and Hans-Dieter Kunt

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