Symptoms of Liver Disease
posted: Sep. 14, 2022.
How your gastroenterologist in Calabasas, CA, can help if you have liver disease
If you think you might have liver disease, you need to know the facts. You also need the services of an expert at diagnosis and treatment of liver problems. You need a gastroenterologist.
Dr. Parviz Gholami at Calabasas Advanced Gastroenterology in Calabasas, CA, provides a wide range of gastroenterology services, including diagnosis and treatment of liver disease.
The liver is one of the most important organs in your body because it eliminates toxins from your body. When the liver isn’t functioning properly due to disease, toxins can build up, causing damage to tissues and organs.
There are a few factors which can cause liver disease, including:
- A virus
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- A drug reaction
- Poor diet and obesity
- An autoimmune disorder
Liver disease can sneak up on you, with symptoms often appearing in the later stages of liver disease. Symptoms often include:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Abdominal bloating
- Swelling and edema in your extremities
Liver disease can be classified into four stages. Consider:
Stage 1 liver disease, which is inflammation in your liver, caused by an immune system reaction to the buildup of toxins. Chronic inflammation can cause an enlarged liver. You can develop stage 1 liver disease from fatty liver or hepatitis.
Stage 2 liver disease, which is scarring or fibrosis of the liver caused by chronic inflammation. Scar tissue replaces healthy tissue, causing your liver to function poorly.
Stage 3 liver disease, which is cirrhosis of the liver, caused by severe liver scarring.
Stage 4 liver disease, which is liver failure. Your liver cannot function or heal itself. Your liver is unable to process toxins or drugs, so they build up in your body. In addition to liver disease symptoms, you may also experience:
- Mental impairment
- Physical impairment
To discover more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of liver disease, call Dr. Parviz Gholami at Calabasas Advanced Gastroenterology in Calabasas, CA. You can reach him in the office by calling (818) 696-8840, so call today.