Liver failure, which may be brought on by a fatty liver, can result in several serious complications, such as excessive blood flow and increased pressure in the central brain. It is a medical emergency that usually needs hospitalization. Depending on the condition, acute liver failure may be able to be cured with surgical treatment. However, if it is left untreated, liver failure may result in death. Some cases of liver failure may not immediately show any symptoms, which make diagnosis difficult.
Acute liver failure may be indicated by a series of symptoms, all of which are usually absent during the early stages of its development. These symptoms are jaundice, anemia, abdominal swelling, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and increased sweating. In some patients, abdominal swelling may be so severe that ultrasound can detect it. There are several medications that can affect the production of acetylcholine, an important chemical in brain nerve cells. If these medicines are taken at the same time as the symptoms of liver failure develop, serious complications may arise.
There are several causes of liver failure. Irrelevance of the liver to excretory functions, such as blood flow to the blood stream, is one of them. High blood pressure may damage the liver, as well. Diarrhea and vomiting can further impair blood flow to the liver. When there is an insufficient amount of blood flow to the liver, blood clots may form in it, leading to complications.
Another cause of liver failure is a metabolic disorder. There are several types of metabolic disorders, which are indicated by symptoms such as loss of appetite and weight loss, lethargy, mental status deterioration and enlargement of the liver. Alcohol, prescription drugs and corticosteroids can lead to liver damage, sometimes in a matter of hours. A person with cirrhosis can experience complications from these drugs if they are taken at the same time as the medicines that are causing the liver damage.
One of the more common symptoms of liver failure is jaundice. Jaundice can occur in a patient after a year or so of treatment for another disease (such as cancer). The condition usually manifests with pale urine and abdominal pain. Jaundice can lead to further liver damage. If you experience symptoms of jaundice, your healthcare provider should perform a blood test to confirm the diagnosis.
In addition to jaundice, there are also some symptoms of chronic liver failure. Fatigue and weakness are very common symptoms. Patients who have had hepatitis C treatment and are now suffering from cirrhosis often suffer from fatigue and weakness. Fatigue is a common sign of chronic liver failure and can be attributed to both the deterioration of liver function and the side effects of the hepatitis drugs. These drugs damage liver cells and prevent them from functioning properly.
Other common symptoms include blood in the urine, severe and continuing pain in the abdomen, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and loss of body weight. If you have one or more of these symptoms and are experiencing them, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. Liver disease often runs in families. If you have an older sibling with liver disease, you are more likely to develop it as well.
There are some rarer forms of liver disease that can include mental status disorders. People with mental status disorders such as borderline personality disorder may develop liver failure. This is likely to be due to inflammation of the brain and surrounding membranes that surround the liver. The liver is crucial for the proper functioning of the brain, so people with mental status disorders should get regular mental health evaluations.