LIVER DISEASES

Liver Diseases Treatment in Jumeirah, Dubai

The liver is located in the abdominal cavity under the ribs. Its function is to remove toxins in the body and produce bile, which is important in food digestion. Liver disease is due to excessive alcohol intake which damages the liver cells, genetic liver conditions and conditions such as obesity. Liver cirrhosis is the scarring of liver cells, which in the end leads to liver failure.

Liver Diseases Diagnosis

A group of blood tests called liver function tests can be used to diagnose liver disease. Other blood tests can be done to look for specific liver problems or genetic conditions. Imaging tests. CT scan, MRI and ultrasound can show liver damage.

Signs and symptoms

A person suffering from liver disease shows the following signs and symptoms:

  • Jaundice: it is the yellowish appearance of the skin or the sclera of the eye.
  • Edema, which is swelling of ankles and legs.
  • Swelling and pain in the abdomen.
  • Itchy skin.
  • A urine color that is dark.
  • Blood colored stool which is dark.
  • Constant fatigue.
  • Appetite loss.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Easy to bruise.

Book an appointment with a family doctor if you observe any of the above signs and symptoms to seek an immediate treatment for liver disease.

Causes of Liver Disease

Chronic alcohol use; Chronic alcohol use affects the liver cells.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease; It significantly affects the liver cells.
Growths and cancer; cancer and other growths affect the normal functioning of liver cells. Types of cancers that affect the liver include liver cancer, bile duct cancer and liver adenoma.
Genetics; some genes inherited from either parent or any of the parent may lead to liver damage. Liver conditions that are genetic include Wilson’s disease, oxalosis and hemochromatosis.
Abnormal immune system; some autoimmune conditions affect the liver and its functioning. An autoimmune disease affecting the liver includes primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune hepatitis.
Infections; there are various infections affecting the liver and they include parasites and viruses. Viruses move through to the liver through contaminated water, food, semen and contact with someone who is contaminated.

Liver Diseases Treatment

If detected early enough, acute liver failure caused by an overdose of can sometimes be treated and its effects reversed. The first remedy of liver disease treatment is usually weight loss through a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. Likewise, if a virus causes liver failure, supportive care can be given at a hospital to treat the symptoms until the virus runs its course. For liver failure that is the result of long-term deterioration, the initial liver disease treatment goal may be to save whatever part of the liver is still functioning. If this is not possible, then a liver transplant is required. Fortunately, liver transplant is a common procedure that is often successful.

What You Can Do

  • Responsible alcohol intake. The recommended alcohol intake for men is two drinks while women is one drink a day.
  • Avoiding risk behavior such as the use of intravenous drugs.
  • Ensuring one is vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.
  • When taking medications, ensure alcohol is kept away. Interaction of drugs and alcohol affects the liver functioning.
  • Hepatitis is a virus that is spread via contaminated body fluids hence avoid contact with people and their body fluids.
  • When spraying insecticides and pesticides one needs to be well-protected.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle to ensure one does not get nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

What We Can Do

The liver diseases treatment at our clinic in Dubai includes:

  • Liver function tests are conducted from the blood to determine the ability of the liver to clear out toxins from the body.
  • MRI, CT scans and ultrasound are example of imaging tests which determine the extent of the liver damage.
  • A biopsy from the liver is tested for abnormal cells.
  • Lifestyle modifications are advised to ensure clients live a fuller life. A client is advised to stop taking alcohol and exercise to reduce their weight.
  • Surgery is offered.
  • Liver transplant is needed in some cases.
  • Follow-up is offered to clients who are sick, follow-up tests include regular liver function tests to determine the liver functioning.

Liver diseases if not detected & treated early enough, can turn fatal. Book an appointment today with the liver specialist doctors at SHAMMA Clinic in Jumeirah, Dubai.

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