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An Ultimate Guide to the Stages of Liver Disorder

The largest internal organ of the human body, liver, serves many important functions and is a vital organ. It produces proteins, helps in the metabolism of many of the nutrients, stores many metabolised nutrients, and functions as one of the principal organs detoxifying the blood and removing harmful toxins, chemicals, alcohol, and medications from the bloodstream.  While the liver is capable towards replacing and repairing its injured tissues, and it also has different cellular compartments so that one compartment can do the function if cells at other compartment fail, it still may face diseases or undergo disorders.

There are many different types of disorders of the liver treated by a liver transplant surgeon/doctor and these may include tumours, cirrhosis, hepatitis and liver abscess (pus accumulation within the liver). While many different diseases and disorders can affect the liver, most of them pass through common or subsequent stages. Below are the stages which characterise a liver disorder and lead to an advanced organ disorder.

Initial Stage

This is the first stage of a liver disease and is characterised by inflammation of bile or liver. Abdominal pain is the foremost symptom of this condition and stage. The liver can be treated at this stage so that the disease does not advance to the next stage.

Liver Fibrosis

The inflammation or other causes may cause a damage or scarring of the liver, which impedes or blocks the normal flow of the blood to the organ. While the liver may not function at its best during this stage, a treatment at a leading liver hospital at this stage can also prevent an advanced liver disease or liver failure.

Liver Cirrhosis

By this stage, a permanent damage to the liver can occur and a permanent scar may not allow the blood to flow to the liver. From here on the treatment focuses on reducing and managing the symptoms, so that the final or “advanced liver disease” stage could be avoided. Cirrhosis is a chronic condition.

Advanced Liver Disease and Liver Failure

The liver becomes totally incapable of functioning or serving any of its function by this stage and its entire normal functions end. Death is imminent is if a medical intervention is not made. Fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhoea are some symptoms of the onset of this condition. It may take years for a liver to reach this advanced liver disease stage since its first infection or primary inflammation. But by this stage, the damage cannot be reversed and hence death is certain and is sure to come eventually.

Treatment of liver disease depends on its cause, among other aspects. The doctor may run the different diagnostic test to find out the cause and the damage already done to the liver.

It is important to get a medical examination done if any of the symptoms of liver inflammation of disease are present. Timely intervention is important towards preventing the liver disease and its advancement to a subsequent fatal condition. A leading multi-speciality liver hospital has expert physicians who can treat liver disease successfully by using advanced medical equipment and medications. Liver transplant helps all live a healthy life even after a liver failure.

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