What Should I Know About Hepatic Failure?

Q:
What should i know about hepatic failure?

A:
Hepatic or liver failure occurs when large parts of the liver become damaged beyond repair and the liver is no longer able to function. There are two types of hepatic failure. One is acute and the other is chronic.

Acute hepatic Failure
Acute hepatic failure strikes fast. You will experience loss of liver function within weeks or even days. It may happen suddenly and without any previous symptoms. Common causes of acute hepatic failure include poisoning from mushrooms or drug overdose. For example, it can occur after taking too much acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Chronic hepatic failure
Chronic hepatic failure happens much slower. It can take months or even years before symptoms show. The most common cause of Chronic hepatic failure is cirrhosis. It is usually caused by long-term alcohol usage.

Symptoms of hepatic failure are as follows:

Initial symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea

Serious symptoms

  • Jaundice
  • Bleeding easily
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Mental disorientation or confusion (known as hepatic encephalopathy)
  • Sleepiness
  • Coma

Liver failure is an extremely serious condition. Please go to your doctor to receive treatment immediately.

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