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Symptoms of Alcoholic liver disease

Symptoms of Alcoholic liver disease: Introduction

Many people with alcoholic liver disease experience no symptoms in the early stage of the disease. However, if excessive consumption of alcohol is not stopped, the disease can advance and damage liver tissue resulting in symptoms and serious complications.

Fatty liver is the first stage of alcoholic liver disease. There are often no symptoms of fatty liver. In some cases the liver may be enlarged. There is generally no pain. fatty liver is the most reversible stage of alcoholic liver disease.

Alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver is an advanced form of alcoholic liver disease in which the liver becomes scarred, hardens, and shrinks due to excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholic hepatitis is an inflammation and necrosis of liver tissue due to excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis can occur together.

At first there may be no symptoms of advanced liver disease in some cases. However, as alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and/or alcoholic hepatitis progress, the liver becomes unable to effectively perform its job to help the body to fight infection, stop bleeding, clear the blood of toxins, store energy, produce healthy blood, digest food and remove waste.

Symptoms may include yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), poor appetite, fatigue, weight loss, and weakness. There may be pain in the right upper area of the abdomen. Other symptoms include bleeding problems, easy bruising, and a buildup of extra fluid in the legs, called edema, or abdomen, called ascites. Blood pressure can rise in the abdomen, resulting in portal hypertension, which causes the veins of the esophagus to swell. These bulging veins are called esophageal varices, and they can burst, leading to life-threatening internal hemorrhage.

In addition, advanced alcoholic liver disease may leave the liver unable to filter toxins from the blood. Toxins can travel to the brain leading to hepatic encephalopathy. Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy include confusion, personality changes, or poor cognitive functioning.

Other complications of advanced alcoholic liver disease can include frequent infections and liver failure and kidney failure, which can be fatal. In addition, people with advanced alcoholic disease are at a high risk of developing liver cancer....more about Alcoholic liver disease »

Symptoms of Alcoholic liver disease

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Some drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, as a result of long-term heavy drinking. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice (abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs, and urine), and abdominal pain. Alcoholic hepatitis can cause death if drinking continues. (Source: excerpt from Alcohol What You Don't Know Can Harm You: NIAAA)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Alcoholic liver disease. This signs and symptoms information for Alcoholic liver disease has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Alcoholic liver disease signs or Alcoholic liver disease symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Alcoholic liver disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Alcoholic liver disease symptoms.


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