Liver Failure

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Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Overview of liver failure 

The liver is one of the most vital organs of the body responsible for numerous physiological functions such as hormonal balance, purification of blood, glycogen storage, cholesterol metabolism, protein synthesis and a lot more. Abnormalities in liver functions may give rise to numerous liver diseases, which may slowly progress to “liver failure”. In the recent years, liver failure has been a very common occurrence in countries lacking hygienic conditions necessary for maintaining a healthy life. According to recent statistics produced by the American Liver Foundation, nearly 6 million children all over the world suffer from liver dysfunctions, which when left undiagnosed lead to liver failure. Also, nearly 60% new-borns all over the world are diagnosed with jaundice (a type of liver disease) each year. Thus liver failure has increased infant mortality rates and reduced life expectancy in general.

What is a liver failure?

Liver failureLiver failure is defined as the partial or complete failure of the liver to perform its functions (both metabolic and synthetic) due to various physiological and environmental factors.

Existing diseases of the liver are strong indicators of liver failure at some point of time if left untreated. Extreme cases of liver dysfunctions lead to hepatic cancer in many cases that may eventually lead to liver failure.

Adequate vaccinations are necessary in childhood in order to prevent liver diseases (and consequently liver failure) in an individual.

What causes liver failure?

Liver failure may be an outcome of several physiological, environmental and genetic factors. The commonly studied etiological factors behind liver failure are described below-

  • Virus: Infections due to Hepatitis A (via contaminated food and fluids), Hepatitis B (due to immune reaction), Hepatitis C (via contact with infected blood) and Hepatitis E can cause liver failure in the advanced stage. Nearly 50% of cases of this category have been reported in developing countries.
  • Bacteria: Bacterial infections of the liver may lead to granuloma, abscess, and inflammation, causing liver failure.
  • Liver failure alcoholMedications: A few over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen may induce toxicity within the liver, leading to liver failure.
  • Age: Degeneration of liver cells occurs with age, leading to an abnormal increase in the levels of aminotransferase and bilirubin, which may gradually lead to liver failure.
  • Liver injuries: Ischemic hepatocellular injuries or acute damage to liver parenchyma cells can lead to liver failure.
  • Fatty liver disease: Excess fat deposition in the liver is common in overweight, Diabetic, alcoholic and high cholesterol patients, and may progress to liver failure in future.
  • Gene: Certain genetic liver diseases such as Hemochromatosis (excess iron build up in liver), Wilson’s disease (accumulation of iron and copper in the liver), Amyloidosis (protein deposition) can predispose the body to liver failure at some point of time.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Certain auto-immune diseases like Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (inflammation of bile ducts), Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (excess bile accumulation in the liver), autoimmune hepatitis and few more can cause liver failure and damage to other vital organs.
  • Celiac disease: Patients suffering from celiac disease have reduced absorption of nutrients from regular diet (due to damage of intestinal linings). This may affect the liver and cause liver failure.
  • Liver cancer: Hepatocellular carcinoma can cause severe damage to the liver cells and may cause liver failure.
  • Cardiovascular disorders: Failure of the right auricular chamber may directly impact the venous return which in turn can affect liver functionalities, causing liver failure in due course of time.
  • Cholestasis: In this condition, an excess buildup of waste products (which are supposed to be eliminated through bile) in the liver occurs mainly due to obstruction of bile ducts, leading to loss of liver functions and liver failure.
  • Coagulation deficiency: Reduced production of certain coagulation factors such as prothrombin and fibrinogen can lead to internal bleeding and liver failure.
  • Substance abuse: Excess alcohol or tobacco consumption may affect the liver health severely, leading to liver failure.

What are the main signs and symptoms?

Liver failure is normally manifested through the following symptoms-

  • Yellowish discoloration of skin, sclera, conjunctiva, and mucosa (due to abnormalities in bile composition)
  • Yellowish, dark brown or amber colored urine with a strong pungent smell
  • Tarred or dark brownish stools
  • Skin irritation
  • Persistent pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen (due to liver enlargement)
  • A headache, fever, and fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A feeling of a lump below the rib (due to spleen enlargement)
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Abdominal distension
  • Unexplained bruising and bleeding
  • Veins in the abdominal region become prominent

What are the different types of liver failure?

Liver failure can be of two main types, viz –

  • Acute failure: Acute liver failure is the medical condition in which abnormally reduced production of coagulation factors leads to coagulopathy, leading to scarring and internal bleeding within the liver. This condition is accompanied by encephalopathy (dysfunctions of the brain). Acute liver failure is usually short-lived and is curable in many cases.
  • Chronic failure: Chronic liver failure encompasses a group of conditions such as inflammation of the liver, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. It may persist for a period of 6 months or more.

What are the associated complications?

Liver failure painLiver failure not only impacts liver functions but also affects the other vital organs of the body.

The main complications of liver failure are described below-

  • Cardiorespiratory dysfunctions
  • Neurological disorders (Hepatic encephalopathy)
  • Renal dysfunctions
  • Splenomegaly (spleen enlargement)
  • Metabolic bone diseases (Osteopenia)

What are the important diagnostic tests?

The following tests must be carried out for an accurate diagnosis of liver failure-

  • Liver Biopsy (to check for cancerous cells)
  • Abdominal Ultrasonography
  • Blood tests (bilirubin, creatinine and International Normalized Ratio)
  • GGT test to check for liver enzyme levels
  • CT scan and MRI
  • Elastography (to measure liver stiffness)

Treatment

Fatty liver –

  • The first method of treating a fatty liver is via exercise along with a healthy diet.
  • Cutting down on alcohol is another method of treating fatty liver.
  • Doctors will recommend the patients to get a vaccination for hepatitis A and B, to help protect them from the viruses that could cause any further liver failure.

Liver cancer –

  • Surgery – In this treatment method, surgery is performed to remove the tumor from a part of the liver or replace the liver completely.
  • Localization therapy – Here, the cancer cells are heated or frozen, alcohol or chemotherapy drugs are injected into the tumor to treat the cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy – High beam energy rays are used to treat the cancer cells.
  • Targeted drug therapy – The weak parts of the cancer cells are targeted to help treat this condition.
  • Palliative care – This treatment method is provided to those who have been diagnosed with cancer, to help reduce the signs and symptoms of cancer along with the side effects of the treatment.

Cirrhosis –

  • Treating alcohol dependency – Those who have been diagnosed with cirrhosis due to alcoholism, need to stop drinking alcohol. This is important as any consumption of alcohol by these patients is now considered toxic for the body.
  • Weight loss – If cirrhosis caused due to obesity, the patient will be put on a weight loss programme along with a healthy diet to aid the weight loss process.
  • Medication to control hepatitis – Medications to prevent any further liver damage will be provided to patients. If cirrhosis is caused due to hepatitis B and C.
  • Medication to control other causes and symptoms of cirrhosis – Certain medications can help slow down the process of cirrhosis.
  • Liver transplant – This treatment plan is considered a contingency plan for those who have been diagnosed with cirrhosis. This treatment method is mostly adopted for those whose liver has stopped functioning.

Substance abuse –

  • Detoxification is a treatment method that is followed to help rid the patients of all the drugs that they have consumed. This treatment method has withdrawal symptoms. Since the withdrawal symptoms are very high, the patients are kept as in-patients in the hospital to monitor their treatment. Patients who are undergoing the detox treatment are generally sedated to help reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
  • Therapy – Individual or group therapy is followed by the detox treatment method. This is done to help the patients adjust to their lifestyle without the need for any drugs.
  • Behavioral therapy – Patients who undergo rehabilitation for substance abuse or alcoholism tend to have a behavioral counseling session to help them understand to how to behave in the society without the use of heavy drugs.

Prevention

Fatty liver –

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle of fruits and vegetables and consume minimal amounts of processed food. Doing so helps the liver function easily, thereby reducing the chances of developing a fatty liver.
  • Maintain a healthy weight, as being overweight tens to make the body resist insulin.
  • Exercise regularly, this helps in reducing the fat levels in the body and reduce the chances of developing fatty liver.

Liver cancer –

  • Maintain a healthy weight, this helps in reducing fat levels in the body, thereby reducing the chances of liver damage.
  • Certain fruits and vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts help in increasing the liver’s natural detoxifying enzymes to help improve damage if any.
  • To help reduce the level of damage on the liver, it is important to consume alcohol in moderate amounts.

Cirrhosis –

    • Reduce the risk of hepatitis, by getting the vaccinations needed.
    • Do not consume alcohol, as it tends to scar the liver leading to cirrhosis.
    • Maintain a healthy weight, as excess amounts of fat can damage the liver.

Liver Failure Home Remedies

In case of severe liver conditions such as liver cirrhosis or liver cancer, the damage to the liver is irreversible. Such damage can only be corrected by liver transplant. However, if the symptoms of liver disease or dysfunction are detected early on, in that case certain lifestyle and dietary changes can help improve the condition. There are a few home remedies that can aid the healing process of the liver.

The most important habit that needs to be followed is drinking plenty of water so that the toxins from the liver and the entire body are flushed out in a routine manner. And equally important is consuming a diet that is low in sodium, cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats. Oily and greasy foods can spell danger for an ailing liver.

One should try to eat freshly cooked home-cooked foods and say no to processed foods. The fiber content of the food should be high and it should contain more of whole grains and green leafy vegetables. The protein content should be brought down.  Plant-based fats should be opted over animal-based fats. Milk thistle extract has proven healing effects on the liver.  Same goes for high potassium foods such as bananas.


TL;DR?

Facts

  • 3.5-4.6 million Americans have been affected by the hepatitis C virus.
  • Liver diseases are the 5th most common cause of death in the UK after heart, cancer, stroke and respiratory diseases.

Facts

  • Hepatitis B and C are the most common infectious liver diseases.

Facts

  • The quality of alcohol that is consumed is what defines the condition of your liver. If you have good quality alcohol, the chances of getting a liver disease are less. However, that does not imply consuming good quality alcohol will not lead to liver diseases.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Consume a lot of dark green leafy vegetables. These tend to provide the vitamins and nutrients necessary for the body.
  • Maintain your body weight, to ensure that there are no further medical illnesses.
  • Consume black coffee, without sugar; it helps in reducing the cholesterol levels in the body.
Don'ts
  • Consume alcohol, as it is not good for your liver and lead to many diseases and complications.
  • Follow any extreme diet plan, doing so would result in the decline of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients that may be required by the body.
  • Consume fatty, processed, refined or oily foods, they tend to increase the cholesterol level in your blood and result in a fatty liver.

 

 

 

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Water Chestnuts: The tastiest ways to include this healthy tuber in your diet Water chestnut is not a nut after all. It is a tuber (much like the potatoes) growing close…
tonometry
Tonometry Tonometry uses a device called tonometer to measure the pressure inside the eye. This pressure is depends upon…
thyroxine t4 test
T4 (Thyroxine) Hormone Test The T4 or thyroxine blood test is an important diagnostic tool that gives a clear picture of how…
Thyroid disorders
Thyroid Profile Thyroid profile is a panel of blood tests performed to check if an individual is suffering from any…
iron deficiency profile
Iron Deficiency Profile An iron deficiency profile is a battery of blood tests which are performed in order to determine the…
ureteroscopy
Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
Salt dangers
Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
How seitan proved to be a blessing in disguise for vegans worldwide Can only meat-eaters enjoy delicious juicy steaks and burgers? With seitan, the best meat substitute available today,even vegans…
Experts reveal the safest ways to perform an enema at home The idea of pushing some up your rectal area might make you queasy but an enema could actually…
What is the right way to take a pregnancy test? A pregnancy test is undertaken to determine if you have conceived. A home pregnancy test is the most…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
Surgery or home-remedy; what is the right way to treat a burn The treatment of a burn injury depends on its severity. You can save a life by offering the…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
Bone marrow aspiration Bone marrow aspiration is a process where a sample of the bone marrow is withdrawn from the bone…
Rubella IgM test
Rubella IgM Test The Rubella IgM test is a blood test that is performed to diagnose the presence of the rubella…
HSV-1_IGG
Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG Test Herpes simplex virus I(HSV)-IgG is an Immunoglobulin protein that acts as an antibody & stays in the blood…
lipoprotein A
Lipoprotein (A) Test Lipoprotein (A) test is used to measure and monitor the levels of LDL(Low-Density Lipoprotein) in the bloodstream in…
Isagenix diet weight loss
How are BMI and BMR different and what do these numbers mean? BMI and BMR are two important metrics that provide a clear picture of your body's metabolism and also…
eating disorder anorexia
Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
Carb Cycling: Weighing the pros vs the cons of this diet routine Completely discarding carbs from your life will do you more harm than good. Read more about carb cycling,…
sodium chloride
Halotherapy: How inhaling salt can work wonders for your body Halotherapy is quickly gaining popularity amongst those with respiratory diseases. It has shown promise in its treatment.
Ear pain model
Easy and safe tips for ear wax removal you can do at home Cerumen impaction generally occurs when an external object like cotton swabs are used to remove the ear wax.…
colposcopy
Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
thyroid_scan
Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
valproic acid test
Valproic Acid Test Valproic acid test is performed to generally check for psychiatric and even neurological conditions such as bipolar disease…
vdrl test syphilis
VDRL Test The VDRL test is a blood test that is used to diagnose sexually transmitted or venereal diseases, primarily…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in your body? Your…
High Fiber Diet – Fire up your fiber intake for these health benefits! Regular bowels, healthy detox, higher immunity, and guaranteed weight loss - a high fiber diet can bring all…
Did you know drinking alkaline water could be the healthier choice for you? Ever wondered how safe is your drinking water in terms of pH? Recent studies have revealed that Alkaline…
Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
phenytoin test
Phenytoin test Phenytoin is a drug that is administered mainly to epilepsy patients. The phenytoin blood test measures the level…
rosacea-treatment--before-_-after
The best and safest ways to treat rosacea Rosacea is a skin disease that is characterized by reddish hives and rashes on the face. Read more…
Optavia diet
The features of an Optavia diet The Optavia diet endorses pre-packaged meals and snacks called "fuelings" that are tasty, low in calorie, and incorporates…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing is not only…
What to eat, what not to eat in the South Beach Diet? The South Beach Diet is one among the most popular weight loss programs that have been the talk…
CBC blood test
CBC (Hemogram 6-part diff) blood test CBC (Hemogram 6-part diff) blood test refers to the test that measures the number of RBCs, WBCs, etc…
BoneMarrow-Biopsy
Bone Marrow Biopsy Bone marrow biopsy is a diagnostic procedure where a small amount of bone marrow is extracted from hip…
beta hcg test
Beta hCG Test A Beta hCG test measures the level of human gonadotropin hormones present in the blood that is primarliy…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
blood ketone test
Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
piles,fistula,fissures
Difference between piles, fissures, and fistula Click to know the difference between piles, fistula and fissure and the best ways to get effective treatment…
L-theanine attention
L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
Is it possible to achieve full body detox with Master Cleanse? Master cleanse is a diet consisting of a lemonade based beverage, a salt water drink and a herbal…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
Vitamin b12
Vitamin B12 Test Vitamin b12 is an essential nutrient required for healthy functioning of the nervous system and also development of…
LFT-test
Liver Function Test – LFT LFT or Liver Function Test is a blood test used to determine the levels of hepatic enzymes which…
C-Reactive Protein Test A CRP or c-reactive protein blood test is an important diagnostic tool used to determine the risk of…
Strep throat pain
Anti-Streptolysin-O Test The ASO or Anti-Streptolysin-O is a blood test designed to check for the presence of streptococcus bacterial infection…
about mediterranean diet
Why you should be adopting a Mediterranean style of diet today Ever wondered why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy? One simple solution to lowering risk of several deadliest…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
sugar toxic health
Sugar: 7 new shocking truths revealed about the sweet poison Can drinking soda bring you closer to death? Is sugar slowly poisoning you and your family? You would…
nutritional yeast bread
Nutritional Yeast : How can a fungi culture be good for your body? Nutritional yeast: How a simple culture of fungi can transform your skin, digestion, immunity , and much more.…
Cayenne: The remarkable benefits of these red hot chili peppers These may make you rush for a glass of water, but cayenne pepper is actually a healthy additive…
How can berberine supplements help you live longer and healthier? Berberine is a turmeric look-alike herbal extract that is credited with numerous health benefits ranging from diabetes cure…
Epley maneuver: Why is this the best protection from the symptoms of vertigo? Epley maneuver is an exercise that can treat the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).  It was…