The liver is a large organ inside your body whose size is large and it weighs about 3 pounds. It is reddish brown in color and is located under your rib cage on the right of the abdomen. You can’t feel it as it is shielded by the rib cage.
Liver is a very significant organ in our body and is responsible for the following:
- Filters the blood before passing it to the other body parts
- Metabolizes blood
- Form protein necessary for blood clotting
Many diseases such as Hepatitis, Liver cancer, Ascites etc. are caused by liver malfunction. Some of the liver diseases are:
- Hepatitis: It is caused by hepatitis viruses A,B and C. It could also be the result of heavy drinking, obesity or allergic reaction.
- Cirrhosis: It is the permanent scarring of the liver and is caused if there is long term damage to the liver. In cirrhosis the liver refuses to function properly
- Liver cancer: Most common type of liver cancer includes Hepatocellular and is generally occurs after the cirrhosis
- Ascites: The liver secretes a fluid (Ascites) into the belly as a result of the cirrhosis and this fluid becomes heavy and distended.
- Hemochromatosis: This damages the liver by allowing iron to deposit in the liver.
Liver failure is a serious condition and occurs slowly and over many years. However, sometimes an uncommon condition called acute liver failure occurs in which the liver gets damaged rapidly.
Initial symptoms of the liver diseases are very difficult to detect because these symptoms can also be caused by several other conditions. Early symptoms of liver diseases are:
- Loss of appetite
In latter cases the symptoms become more serious and require urgent care. These symptoms are:
- Swelling in abdomen
There are various imaging tests that are done to detect liver conditions. Some of them are:
- Ultrasound: ultrasound of the abdominal is done for various liver conditions like cancer, cirrhosis etc.
- CT scan: Abdomen CT scan is done to get detailed images of the liver and other abdominal parts.
- Liver biopsy: It is done generally after the other tests such as ultrasound or blood test.
Can liver failure be prevented?
Yes you can always protect your liver from various deadly diseases by following these tips:
- To prevent Hepatitis A or B you can get a Hepatitis vaccine
- Eat proper diet comprising of all vitamins and minerals
- Avoid alcohol
- Be hygienic. Since germs are generally spread by hands, make it a habit to thoroughly wash your hands after using bathroom.
Now as you are aware of all the causes, symptoms and prevention of liver diseases, take good care of your liver and if you can relate to any of the symptoms stated in the list, consult your doctor today.
Get your liver tested and make sure that you have a healthy liver.
Healthy Liver For A Happy Life