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What are the symptoms of liver disease?

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Patients with mild liver disease may have few or no symptoms or signs. Patients with more serious disease develop symptoms and signs that may be nonspecific or specific.

Nonspecific symptoms, that is, symptoms that don't suggest that the liver is their cause, include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Weakness.
  • Vague abdominal pain.
  • Loss of appetite.

Symptoms and signs that are specific for liver disease include:

  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice) due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood.
  • Itching.
  • Easy bruising due to decreased production of blood clotting factors by the diseased liver.

Severe, advanced liver disease with cirrhosis can produce symptoms and signs related to cirrhosis; these symptoms include:

  • Fluid accumulation in the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites).
  • Mental confusion or coma.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Vulnerability to bacterial infections.
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding.

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