The liver is responsible for a number of critical functions in the body, including the
metabolism of fats and sugars. It helps to eliminate harmful wastes and to filter toxins like alcohol and chemicals in foods. When the liver is unable to perform these functions, liver failure is the result.
There are two forms of liver failure: Acute and chronic. Acute liver failure occurs in a short time frame, sometimes as little as 24 hours, and is very rare. Chronic liver failure is often related to cirrhosis of the liver and conditions that cause ongoing, long-term damage, such as alcohol abuse or hepatitis.
Whether it is acute or chronic, liver failure is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care.
Liver Failure Symptoms
Symptoms may vary depending on the severity of liver failure and the stage of the condition. Some symptoms may include:
A person suffering from liver failure may even lapse into a coma.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Liver Failure
Early detection of liver failure is key to successful treatment. Blood tests will be performed to diagnose liver failure, and an ultrasound may be conducted in order to get an image of any damage to the liver.
Treatment will vary depending on the severity and cause of the liver failure. Medication, fluid management, and transplant may all be used to treat liver failure.
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