Almost every organ in the human body performs more than one fundamental role and therefore, the majority of human organs are practically indispensable. In the view of this fact, it is crucially important to do whatever we can to prevent any of the disorders and diseases that can affect the vital organs in our body.
Liver is the organ which also performs many functions in the body and it should be kept healthy. However, it is estimated that the body can function normally even with only 60% of the healthy liver. This organ can be affected by various disorders and diseases, and while there are some that are not very dangerous and that are treatable, there are also those that are serious and even life threatening.
Among the hereditary disease of the liver there is Wilson’s disease featured by the retention of the copper by the body. Another hereditary disease of this organ is hemochromatosis, which is the medical term for the buildup of iron, which causes the damage to the liver. Furthermore, the liver may develop Gilbert’s syndrome which is actually a genetic liver disorder when the bilirubin metabolism is carried out normally so that he level of it starts to increase, thus resulting in occurrence of jaundice. Hepatitis refers to the inflamed liver caused mainly by viruses, while cirrhosis is the condition mainly induced by excessive alcohol consummation that kills the liver cells, which are subsequently replaced by the fibrous tissue. Liver cancer can be divided into two groups: hepatocellular cancer and metastatic liver disease. While the first one originates in the liver itself, the second spreads from some other surrounding organ to the liver.
Signs and symptoms of liver problems
Jaundice is a typical symptom that appears when the liver is somehow damaged, since the liver assist in the creating of bile, which contains bilirubin. Excessive amounts of bilirubin result in our skin turning yellow, and it also affects the eye whites, which is why they also change the color into yellow. Furthermore, the one who has some liver problem might notice that the urine has also changed the color and became slightly darker.
It is also regarded that the affected liver may cause the person to feel excessive thirst, as well as to have frequent urge for urination. Moreover, abdominal pain followed by abdominal bloating, discolored stool, lack of appetite and nausea and vomiting are also some of the symptoms that usually appear when the liver develops some disorder or disease.