The liver is the body’s largest internal organ and one of the most important. The liver changes food into energy, processes proteins, and stores vitamins; it also flushes alcohol and poisons from blood and replenishes damaged cells. However, different liver diseases and toxins can lead to damage of liver cells, compromising the liver’s ability to function.
Liver disease can result in physical symptoms, such as tiredness, weight loss, and itching. Advanced liver disease may result in swelling of the legs and abdomen, mental confusion, and yellow skin or jaundice.
Sometimes a liver diseases may resolve on its own and is only temporary. However, liver disease can become chronic, lasting for months, years, or even a lifetime. This could lead to complications requiring medical therapy or even a liver transplant.
If the liver is too damaged to heal itself, hospitalization may be required.
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