The liver is the largest dense organ in the body. On average, this organ weighs about a kilogram and three hundred grams in adulthood and is roughly the size of a rugby ball. This organ is vital for the body's metabolic functions and immune system
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Without a functioning liver, one cannot live. The liver is positioned in the upper part of the stomach just below the diaphragm, with most of it located on the right side, but some of it also enters the left side of the abdominal cavity.
Liver problems are common among many people regardless of age. However, there are certain signs that indicate a disease of this organ. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the main ones.
Nausea and vomiting
Such a symptom is characteristic of many gastrointestinal diseases, but it is more pronounced in liver diseases. Against the background of nausea, patients often have significant appetite disturbances, aversion to certain foods (especially fatty foods), pain in the right hypochondrium, and diarrhea.
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Bitterness in the mouth
This symptom is also characteristic of many pathologies and can be of a different nature. Bitterness in the mouth can also occur with giardiasis, viral hepatitis, steatosis, cirrhosis or liver tumors.
Yellowing of the skin, sclera and mucous membranes
Jaundice is one of the most visible signs of liver problems. Such signs of liver pathologies are provoked by the accumulation of pigments in the blood and tissues present in the bile.
The patient may experience itching of the skin. This symptom leads to the appearance of small scratches on the surface of the skin. Disorders of normal bile secretion can lead to hyperpigmentation in various parts of the body. The patient may experience brown spots (of varying intensity) or areas of hyperpigmentation.
Disorders of the nervous system
Acute and chronic liver pathologies are accompanied by a delay in the processes of deactivation and removal of ammonia from the body. The entry of this substance into the blood leads to the development of various neurological disorders.
Liver disorders caused by infectious, immune and tumor processes lead to the development of intoxication. Patients complain of weakness, loss of appetite, joint and muscle pain, high fever, plaque on the tongue and weight loss.