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Liver Disease Symptoms

It is not very easy to diagnose liver disease because many patients do not experience symptoms for a long time. When symptoms do appear, unfortunately, the damage to the liver is considerable. Moreover, due to the nature of symptoms, it is very easy to confuse liver disorders with other health problems.

Some of the classic and early symptoms of liver disease include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue, weakness, and weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the right upper quadrant abdomen
  • Enlarged and tender liver (below right ribs)
  • Small red veins that resemble the body of a spider (known as spider naevi)
  • Dark urine/grey pale stools (feces)
  • Loss of libido

Symptoms that indicate serious liver disorder, requiring immediate medical attention, include:

  • Jaundice: A yellowish discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • Hepatomegaly: Enlargement of liver
  • Hepatic encephalopathy: Deterioration of brain function due to increase of toxic substances in the blood
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding: Bleeding from large, tortuous veins in the stomach and esophagus
  • Portal hypertension: Abnormally high blood pressure in the veins that carry blood from intestine to the liver
  • Skin manifestations: Spiderlike blood vessels on the face and chest, bright red complexion, red palms and itching
  • Hormonal abnormalities: High levels of insulin but a poor response to it, resulting in high blood sugar levels; cessation of menstrual periods; decreased fertility in women, and erectile dysfunction and feminization in men
  • Heart and blood vessel abnormalities: Increased heart rate and amount of blood pumped and hypotension