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Liver disease

When the liver doesn’t function correctly, your body can’t absorb nutrients or filter out toxins. That’s why liver disease can be a serious threat to health. Liver problems can be hereditary or brought on by illness or injury.

Since there are so many causes of liver disease, there are many different symptoms. They can include yellowish skin or eyes, abdominal pain and swelling, itchy skin that does not go away, dark urine, pale stool, bloody or tar-colored stool, chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, and nausea.

There are some risk factors for liver disease that you can control. Alcohol consumption, obesity and intravenous drug use can all expose you to liver disease.

Tenet Florida Physicians Services doctors will do a thorough physical exam and medical history review if you present symptoms of liver disease. Different blood and imaging tests will help zero in on a diagnosis. Sometimes a biopsy (taking a small amount of tissue) of the liver is needed for analysis.

Treatment for liver disease may include medication therapy, lifestyle changes or surgery. In extreme cases, a liver transplant may be needed.

Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018