Liver failure signs are the indicators of a deadly disease known as cirrhosis of the liver. The liver is the major detoxifier of the body and it produces the essential proteins needed for life. When the liver fails to perform its job, the body cannot produce the right amount of proteins or maintain the correct balance of electrolytes. The damage to the liver is called primary cirrhosis. When secondary (abnormal) cirrhosis occurs, it shows up as symptoms like yellow discoloration of skin and jaundice.
Most liver failure signs are usually found in patients who are suffering from acute alcoholic hepatitis. Acute hepatitis usually begins with alcohol abuse followed by continued abuse. Alcohol reduces the production of bile acids and increases the risk of gallstones, cholestasis, and hepatitis. Patients with acute hepatitis usually present with jaundice and may have no other noticeable disease. The first step in diagnosis is testing the patient’s blood for hepatitis. The blood should be tested for total antigens, eosinophils, and a neutrophil marker called eatal serum albumin.
Another set of liver failure signs is commonly seen in patients with mild jaundice. The common symptoms of jaundice are skin pigmentation, rash, and itching. Patients with this disease usually exhibit no symptoms until they undergo a liver biopsy.
Patients with chronic liver failure can also exhibit various sets of liver failure signs. The first, less common, symptom is jaundice. If the disease is not diagnosed early, jaundice can cause severe damage to the optic nerve. Patients with chronic hepatitis do not usually exhibit jaundice but may instead show symptoms such as fatigue and loss of appetite.
Liver failure signs can also occur in patients who have had surgery for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This surgery removes the variances in the blood caused by the disease and prevents it from recurring. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis causes the body to release acetaldehyde through bile. Acetaldehyde is a product of cholesterol metabolism. Liver disease can also cause inflammation and damage to the liver. To prevent liver failure symptoms, people with NASH should abstain from alcoholic beverages.
In addition to the earlier mentioned liver failure signs, palliative care is used to treat patients with cirrhosis. Palliative care is a treatment option wherein the goal is to reduce symptoms of liver disease. Most palliative care protocols center on standard supportive care techniques. Some include increased fluid intake to improve electrolyte balance, fluid restriction and increased caloric intake. Patients with palliative care are often advised to increase physical activity to further improve their health.
Another common sign of chronic liver failure is a loss of appetite. When patients suffer from cirrhosis, they may start to lose weight because their body is not able to get rid of the fatty deposits it produces. Fatigue is often a result of low energy levels. Because an increase in energy can increase the effectiveness of treatment, patients are encouraged to eat more frequently.
People suffering from steatosis often experience problems sleeping, which can be solved by taking up activities that will help them relax such as sports or hobbies. Regular exercise is one of the best forms of liver support one can have because it boosts the liver enzymes, improves muscle strength and stamina, and makes the patient feel good. Regular exercise can also help boost the immune system and therefore contribute to fighting off any diseases that might develop as a result of the degeneration process. Exercises that help increase liver enzyme levels include swimming, biking, and dancing.
Other liver failure signs and symptoms include a change in the color of the urine and are darkening of the stool, blood in the urine, or pale stool made of soft materials. As a result of jaundice, the ability of the liver to absorb nutrients, break down food, and make use of vitamins and minerals decreases. Patients with jaundice also get worse at getting along with others because of their inability to properly process and accept nutrients.
One of the most serious liver disease indications is liver failure, which can eventually lead to death. In order to determine whether you have liver disease or not, you need to undergo some laboratory tests such as blood tests and ultrasound. Blood tests will help determine the extent of liver damage, and the liver functions. Ultrasound will determine the severity of scarring. If the liver disease is mild, scarring may not be that evident. If the liver damage is severe, it will be much easier to spot and treat.