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Ashleigh S
What would happen to your body if you had a damaged liver?
PLEASE HELPPPP!!!!!
                     




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There are many causes of damage to the liver. Some of these causes can be stopped and the cells of the liver may heal from it. Others, however, cannot be stopped. Liver problems develop for many different reasons: alcohol consumption, medication toxification, chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning, fatty liver disease, biliary obstruction or mal formation, viral infections like Hep A,B,C, etc...hereditary conditions, auto immune disease and there are others. Usually, when the cause of the problem cannot be stopped and the cells become stressed and start to become damaged...the immune system will respond to this and cause inflammation to develop inside the liver. The liver is surrounded by a capsule. This inflammation cause the liver to enlarge in size and place even more pressure on the liver cells and more cells will start to die off. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cells. All the conditions mentioned above cause this...most people only think of the viral ones as they are the most common. Cirrhosis of the liver is the death of the liver cells that lead to scar tissue forming inside the liver. This scar tissue blocks the flow of blood to the rest of the cells and they can die off also. Even the cells that try to reproduce themselves to make up for the ones that die, will also end up dying off eventually. It is a progressive disease. Usually a patient becomes very tired. That is because the body is now trying to compensate for what the liver cells can no longer do to keep the body healthy and the body is also trying to heal itself. Depending on what the cause of this damage is...they may have flu like reactions of nausea and vomiting. In some people they have no signs or symptoms of anything being wrong until they reach the point of cirrhosis. The liver does over 500 functions to keep the body well...now, as the liver cells die off, those functions will also deteriorate. As the disease progresses...a patient may start not to think clearly and become easily confused. This is known as Encephalopathy. It happens because there are toxins that the liver used to make non toxic...but can no longer..and they go pass the blood brain barrier now and into the brain. It is a good idea to sign a form for a loved one to handle both your medical and financial problems now. Advance directives are free online according to the state you live in. A Power of Attorney form can be made up at the lawyers office. There is medication to help bind this toxin and remove it from the body known as Lactulose. Portal Hypertension may develop. Portal is the vein that takes all the blood of the abdomen and it flows through the liver. However, now the blood doesn't flow well through the liver anymore and stays in the portal vein and causes pressure there. This pressure build up then forces the blood, that would go through the liver and back to the heart, into vessels that normally doesn't handle this amount of blood. These vessel usually lead to the esophagus, rectum, or belly button area. These vessel can also be weak in certain places and balloon outward and break open. This is then a serious emergency. If the patient start to show signs of throwing up any blood...get them to the hospital so the doctors can go in and band them (varies) are stop the bleeding. The patient skin may appear yellow in color and also the whites of the eyes...they may have spider like veins appear on the chest, neck and shoulder area, the palms of their hands and feet may be red. They may also develop fluid build up in their abdominal area...this is known as Ascites. This is caused because the liver can no longer make a protein efficiently...known as albumin. Albumin is what holds the fluid in our vessels... now this fluid leaks out and gathers in the abdomen. If this fluid gets to be too much... it can press on the stomach and the patient won't want to eat and it can cause breathing difficulties. The doctor can drain this fluid from the abdomen by a procedure known as a paracentesis. Other fluid in the body can also develop in the extremities. This is caused by the build up of sodium that all cirrhosis patients have. The legs and feet may swell up very badly from this. The patient is usually placed on a diuretic and told to elevate the legs just above the heart level while lying down. He may be placed on a "lower" sodium diet. It is very important to ask how much sodium they are allowed to have and also how much fluid they are allowed to take in, then. These are just some of the symptoms that the patient will go through. Here is a link to help you understand much more. I am also including the link to explain about a liver transplant process here. http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html I hope this information hel


Kenny
A myriad of possible happenings. I wouldn't drink, that's for sure. It all depends on the extent of the damage and what caused it. That's a huge factor. If there's not much the liver can heal itself fairly easily, however that requires you take care of yourself. It's very easy to reverse progress. Possibility of jaundice (skin and eyes get yellow tint. Severity depends on the amount of damage).


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