Symptoms of liver disease Medical Assignment Help

Acute liver disease

Acute liver disease may be asymptomatic and anicteric. For example, an abnormality such as raised aminotransferases may be found during a routine biochemical screen. Symptomatic acute liver disease, which is often viral, produces generalized symptoms of malaise, anorexia and fever. Jaundice may appear as the illness progresses.

Chronic liver disease

Patients may be asymptomatic or complain of non-specific symptoms. Specific symptoms include:
• Abdominal distension due to ascites, ankle swelling and fluid retention
• Haematemesis and melaena from gastrointestinal haemorrhage
• Pruritus due to cholestasis; this is often an early symptom of primary biliary cirrhosis
• Breast swelling, loss of libido and amenorrhoea due to endocrine dysfunction
• Confusion and drowsiness due to neuropsychiatric complications

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