Progression of Symptoms for Liver Failure

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Liver Failure

Soloman Shah, MD, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and doctor of medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. For more than 15 years, Dr. Soloman Shah has practiced at Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates, PC, in Vienna, Virginia, where he maintains a professional interest in treating and diagnosing liver disease.

Liver failure is when the liver has already lost or is in the process of losing its function; it’s a life-threatening condition demanding urgent medical care. Symptoms of liver failure include fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and nausea. Unfortunately, these symptoms can have multiple causes, and it can be difficult to know if they are related to the liver failing.

As liver failure progresses, the condition becomes more dangerous, and the symptoms more severe. Disorientation, confusion, and extreme sleepiness are commonly observed as the condition worsens. Typically, a part of the liver that still functions will try to be saved by medical professionals; however, this is not always possible, and a liver transplant may be required.