Liver disease, its symptoms (part 1)

Published : 11 Nov 2021 07:51 PM | Updated : 12 Nov 2021 04:00 PM

The liver is an organ about the size of a football. It sits just under your rib cage on the right side of your abdomen. The liver is essential for digesting food and ridding your body of toxic substances.

Liver disease can be inherited (genetic). Liver problems can also be caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use and obesity.

Over time, conditions that damage the liver can lead to scarring (cirrhosis), which can lead to liver failure, a life-threatening condition. But early treatment may give the liver time to heal.


Liver disease doesn't always cause noticeable signs and symptoms. If signs and symptoms of liver disease do occur, the may include:

• Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)

• Abdominal pain and swelling

• Swelling in the legs and ankles

• Itchy skin

• Dark urine color

• Pale stool color

• Chronic fatigue

• Nausea or vomiting

• Loss of appetite

• Tendency to bruise easily

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic

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