What is Liver Disease?
Liver disease occurs when your liver is unable to perform its role in digesting food and getting rid of toxic substances in your body. It may be caused by viruses (hepatitis), alcoholism, obesity, or genetics. Over time, damage can cause scarring (cirrhosis) and can lead to liver failure, which is a life-threatening condition.
What are the Symptoms of Liver Disease?
The signs and symptoms of liver disease 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, or bloody or tar-colored stool
- Chronic fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Tendency to bruise easily
If you are experiencing severe or frequent symptoms of liver disease, schedule an appointment with Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne. One of our providers will evaluate your condition, screen for liver disease, and talk with you about your treatment options.
How Do You Treat Liver Disease?
A combination of tests including blood, imaging, and biopsy tissue analysis will help to guide the best treatment for liver disease. Treatment can range from lifestyle changes, including restricting your alcohol consumption or weight loss, to drug treatments to help you manage or reduce your symptoms. If you have serious complications of liver damage, you may need surgery or even a liver transplant.
Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne will provide you with the best diagnosis and treatment options for liver disease. Contact us today.
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