12 Views

Liver Failure: 8 Key Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

[​IMG]
The liver is an important organ in the human body that is responsible for numerous vital functions. These functions include metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrate, deamination of proteins, detoxification of the body, storage of vitamin and nutrients and synthesis of clotting factors. Due to disease conditions and harmful life style practices, the liver become strained and may fail if prompt and adequate medical treatment is not provided. Statistically, liver failure ranks among the top 5 causes of death worldwide. In this article, we will discuss 8 Key Symptoms of liver failure you should not ignore.

1. Jaundice
This is the yellowish discoloration of the eyes and skin caused by the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood. In health, the liver is tasked with the metabolism of bilirubin which is a pigment gotten from broken down red blood cells. In liver disease, the metabolism of bilirubin is impaired, allowing for its accumulation in the body. It is important to note that bilirubin is excreted mainly via feaces. This is usually the first symptom of liver disease noticed by the patients or by close relatives. It is important to consult your physician whenever you observe a change in your eye colour to yellow.

2. Right upper abdominal pain
In humans, the liver occupies mainly the right upper abdomen hence pain felt around that region strongly suggest the presence of liver disease and possible liver failure. Never ignore any abdominal pain, especially pain felt at the right upper region because it is among the earliest symptoms suggestive of liver failure.

3. Abdominal swelling
Abdominal swelling is not an uncommon symptom associated with liver failure. In certain cases of liver failure, the liver is enlarged thus causing distension and swelling of the abdomen. This distension may be felt as fullness of a mass (swelling) originating from the right upper abdomen. The abdominal swelling may also be from the accumulation of fluid associated with liver failure within the abdomen. This is referred to as ascites.

4. Loss of body muscle mass

Although not specific for liver failure, it is key symptom that shouldn’t be ignored. The liver is involved in the synthesis of amino acids which are used as building block in peripheral muscles. With disease and failure of the liver, the liver cannot cope with its synthesis function hence muscles begin to breakdown causing the loss of muscle mass in the arms and legs.

5. Vomiting of blood

At the lower end of the esophagus, there are tiny blood vessels present. This forms a ring of blood veins from the liver. In liver failure from cirrhosis (shrunken nodular liver caused by the deposition of fibrous tissue) this tiny blood vessels gets enlarged, engorged with blood and may bleed spontaneously without any obvious provocation or may bleed with wrenching. This lead to massive vomit of blood which is usually life threatening. A physician should be consulted whenever there is vomit of blood.

6. Gynecomastia

This is frequently seen in men with severe liver disease and liver failure. It is referred to as the enlargement of the rudimentary male breast giving it the shape of a female breast. The breast in this circumstance may grow in such a way that it may distort the shape or be a source of ridicule and embarrassment to the man. However, several other conditions may cause gynecomastia but its presence may be a solid pointer to liver failure.

7. Bruising and easy bleeding
The liver as part of its functions is to synthesize majority of substance responsible for clotting of blood whenever there is an injury. These substances are referred to as ‘coagulation factors’. In liver failure, these coagulation factors are not produced thus the individual is at risk of spontaneous bleeding from the slightest provocation. This bleeding may also occur as internal, leading to death within minutes if not treated promptly.

8.Caput Medusae
This is usually a late symptom yet classical and highly suggestive of liver failure. It is seen as the distension of veins of the abdominal wall radiating from the umbilicus in a ‘medusae’ like pattern (medusa snake head). This is because of the opening of channels at points where the liver and systemic blood vessels meet. These patients usually have distended abdomen with caput medusae.

Source: nigerianbulletin.com

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Apostle Suleiman And Pastor Iginla Nominated For Nollywood Ambassadors Awards
Entertainment
23 views
Entertainment
23 views

Apostle Suleiman And Pastor Iginla Nominated For Nollywood Ambassadors Awards

Mabel - September 25, 2017

Apostle Johnson Suleiman and Pastor Joshua Iginla have been nominated for the maiden edition of the Nollywood Ambassadors Awards (NAA) slated to hold in Abuja on Sept. 29. President of the Nollywood…

LIST: Top 10 Terrible Loans You Should Avoid
Business
31 views
Business
31 views

LIST: Top 10 Terrible Loans You Should Avoid

MT - September 25, 2017

We’ve all been taught that most types of debt are bad news. But some loans are such egregiously awful financial instruments, we think they deserve special mention.…

Nigerian Comedian, Seyi Law And Singer, Ice Prince Receive Peace Achievers Awards
Entertainment
24 views
Entertainment
24 views

Nigerian Comedian, Seyi Law And Singer, Ice Prince Receive Peace Achievers Awards

Mabel - September 25, 2017

Nigerian singer Ice Prince and a veteran comedian Seyi Law, have been honoured with the “Peace Achievers Awards” by the Peace Ambassador Agency, an organisation that promotes national peace. The…

Photos: The Otedola’s Storm Mr Eazi’s Concert In London
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

Photos: The Otedola’s Storm Mr Eazi’s Concert In London

Mabel - September 25, 2017

Billionaire Daughter, Temi Otedola has been pictured with her boyfriend, Mr Eazi at his concert in London.. She was also pictured with her sister, DJ Cuppy and…

Ecobank Introduces Cardless Cash Withdrawal Service
Business
24 views
Business
24 views

Ecobank Introduces Cardless Cash Withdrawal Service

PH - September 25, 2017

Ecobank said it is striving to address the needs of the unbanked (and the general populace) by transforming a mobile phone into an all-in-one bank account and…

Why We Tagged UNILORIN, A Terrorist Organisation – ASUU Leadership
Shocking
30 views
Shocking
30 views

Why We Tagged UNILORIN, A Terrorist Organisation – ASUU Leadership

MT - September 25, 2017

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has described the University of Ilorin as a terrorist organisation after the institution reportedly sacked the ASUU chairman in the school,…

Checkout Photo Of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome And His Daughter, Sharon
Religion
37 views
Religion
37 views

Checkout Photo Of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome And His Daughter, Sharon

Mabel - September 25, 2017

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s Daughter, Carissa Sharon has shared an adorable picture of herself and her dad, at an event in South Africa. Sharon shared the below selfie…

Here Is Today’s Naira to Dollar Exchange Rate – September 25, 2017.
Business
32 views
Business
32 views

Here Is Today’s Naira to Dollar Exchange Rate – September 25, 2017.

MT - September 25, 2017

Here is the Current Aboki FX online AbokiFx Rate for Black Market , Bank Rates and more on Dollar to Naira. NGN USD BUY / SELL GBP BUY / SELL EUR BUY / SELL 25/09/2017 363…

Celebrity Birthday: Ex-BBNaija’s Kemen Ekemini Ekerette Celebrates His 28th Birthday With Cute Photos
Entertainment
43 views
Entertainment
43 views

Celebrity Birthday: Ex-BBNaija’s Kemen Ekemini Ekerette Celebrates His 28th Birthday With Cute Photos

MT - September 25, 2017

BBN ex-housemate, Kemen took to his Instagram handle to shares photos to make his new age today.

Photos: Former BBNaija Housemate Kemen Is A Year Older
Entertainment
31 views
Entertainment
31 views

Photos: Former BBNaija Housemate Kemen Is A Year Older

Mabel - September 25, 2017

Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Ekemini Ekerette popularly known as Kemen is celebrating his birthday today. The fitness trainer who was involved in a messy sexual assault controversy with…

This Is What Actually Happened On Olu Jacobs And Joke Silva’s Wedding Day.
Entertainment
31 views
Entertainment
31 views

This Is What Actually Happened On Olu Jacobs And Joke Silva’s Wedding Day.

MT - September 25, 2017

  Veteran actor Olu Jacobs in a recent interview has revealed some details about his wedding day. According to Uncle Olu, as he is fondly called, he…

VIDEO: Watch Tonto Dikeh React To Rumours That Her Swollen Eye Is A Spiritual Attack
Entertainment
36 views
Entertainment
36 views

VIDEO: Watch Tonto Dikeh React To Rumours That Her Swollen Eye Is A Spiritual Attack

MT - September 25, 2017

Nigerian actress and mother of one, Tonto Dikeh has come out to refute the news currently circulating by bloggers about her, being spiritually attacked in the eye.…

How I Left My Property During Biafra Civil War To Save My Life – 81-Year-old Businessman Speaks Up
Art, History and Culture
35 views
Art, History and Culture
35 views

How I Left My Property During Biafra Civil War To Save My Life – 81-Year-old Businessman Speaks Up

MT - September 25, 2017

An elderly retired businessman has opened up on how he had to flee for his dear life, abandoning his property during the Biafran war. Ikeme Alphonsus A…

Here Is Davido’s Reaction To The Lying Female Fan: “She Lied, I’m Not Even Replying DMs Anymore”
Entertainment
28 views
Entertainment
28 views

Here Is Davido’s Reaction To The Lying Female Fan: “She Lied, I’m Not Even Replying DMs Anymore”

MT - September 25, 2017

  Popular singer, Davido has made a public announcement that he won’t be replying to DMs anymore, after a lady named Sheila lied against him. The singer…

How I Survived The Controversial Lawsuit Slammed Against Me – Omoni Oboli.
Entertainment
27 views
Entertainment
27 views

How I Survived The Controversial Lawsuit Slammed Against Me – Omoni Oboli.

MT - September 25, 2017

Popular Nigerian actress, Omoni Oboli has opened up on how she managed to survive the lawsuit slammed on her after producing one of her movies. Omoni Oboli…

The Secret Behind My Happiness And Youthful Looks – Kate Henshaw Makes Interesting Revelation
Entertainment
41 views
Entertainment
41 views

The Secret Behind My Happiness And Youthful Looks – Kate Henshaw Makes Interesting Revelation

MT - September 25, 2017

Reigning Nigerian actress, Kate Henshaw, has disclosed the secrets of his good looks and youthful appearance. Kate Henshaw Even though Nigerian actress, Kate Henshaw is closer to…

In Photos: Ooni of Ife, Ogunwusi Laughs So Hard As He Attends Wedding Ceremony In Abuja
Art, History and Culture
30 views
Art, History and Culture
30 views

In Photos: Ooni of Ife, Ogunwusi Laughs So Hard As He Attends Wedding Ceremony In Abuja

MT - September 25, 2017

The paramount traditional ruler in Osun State, South-western part of Nigeria – Ooni of Ife appears to have put his marriage crisis behind him.   Ooni of…

Ooni of Ife Ex-wife, Queen Zaynab, Awarded ‘Humanitarian of the Year” Award At The UN
Best of Nigeria
46 views
Best of Nigeria
46 views

Ooni of Ife Ex-wife, Queen Zaynab, Awarded ‘Humanitarian of the Year” Award At The UN

PH - September 25, 2017

Philanthropist and former Olori of Ife Zaynab-Otiti Obanor received the Humanitarian of the Year award from “Kechie’s Project” at an event during the UN General Assembly week. She shared the…

Loading...