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The word liver is derived from Anglo-Saxon word “lifer”. It seems logical that the etymology of the word liver is somehow connected to “life”.

Overview:

The liver is a large, solid organ present in our body. It has two sections, right lobe is the larger one and a smaller one is the left lobe. These lobes are separated by the falciform ligament which is a band of tissues that keep it attached to the diaphragm. The gallbladder is located under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. In order to digest, consume and process food, liver and these organs work together.

The main function of the liver is bile production, metabolizing proteins & carbohydrates, vitamin and protein storage, filtering blood, synthesis of angiotensinogen and supporting blood clots. Without proper function of the liver, a person cannot survive.

General signs and symptoms:

The common signs and symptoms of the liver disease include Nausea, Vomiting, Joint pain, Fatigue, Loss of appetite, Nose bleeds, Itchy skin, Weakness, Low sex drive, Stomach discomfort or pain and Abnormal blood vessels on the skin.

Other severe symptoms include Jaundice, Confusion and difficulty thinking clearly, Abdominal swelling, Swelling of the legs, Impotence, Gynecomastia, Enlarged liver, Dark urine and Pale-colored stools.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then book an appointment with the best Liver specialist in Bangalore at Aster CMI hospital, which is one of the best Liver hospital in Bangalore.

Some of the diseases that can affect the liver and its functions are - Autoimmune hepatitis, Biliary atresia, Cirrhosis, Hemochromatosis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and NASH, Fascioliasis, Gilbert's syndrome and Liver cancer.

The most common causes of liver diseases include viruses, drugs, alcohol, metabolic problems, immune system and hereditary abnormalities.

Risk factors such as heavy alcohol use, Injecting drugs, Tattoos, Blood transfusion, Unprotected sex, Exposure to certain chemicals or toxins, Diabetes, Obesity and Exposure to other people's blood and body fluids may affect your liver health.

Diagnosis:

Based on the severity of the symptoms, top Hepatologist in Bangalore will assess your health condition and recommend the diagnostic procedure. The diagnosis of liver disease can be done with the help of the following investigation:

Blood test, Ultrasound, CT scan (computed tomography), a Liver biopsy, Liver and spleen scan

Get treated from Top Liver Transplant Surgeons in Bangalore at Aster CMI hospital.

FAQ's

What is liver? What are the functions of the liver?

Liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. A healthy liver has the ability to grow back, or regenerate when it is damaged. Anything that prevents the liver from growing back after injury may put your life at risk. The liver helps fight infections and cleans your blood. It also helps digest food and stores energy for when you need it. Consult the best liver doctors to know more about the liver.

What is the transplantation of liver?

Transplantation of the liver means a transplant of liver tissue from a healthy donor to a recipient. It can be done to patients with end-stage liver disease. Get more knowledge about the transplantation of liver from a liver transplant surgeon.

What are the indications of liver transplant?

Liver transplantation may be required for the patient suffering from acute & chronic liver failure due to Hepatitis Virus, cholestatic forms of cirrhosis (Primary Biliary Cirrhosis), alcoholic cirrhosis and rarely due to metabolic disease.

What causes liver disease?

There are many causes, such as drug and alcohol abuse, viruses, hereditary defects, reactions to drugs and chemicals, and hygiene to name a few.

What are some of the symptoms of liver disease?

The most common symptoms are very non-specific and they include fatigue, loss of weight and muscle mass or excessive tiredness, lack of drive, and occasionally itching. Signs of liver disease that are more prominent are jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine, very pale or light coloured stool or bowel movements, bleeding from the GI tract, mental confusion, and retention of fluids in the abdomen or belly. Consult a liver expert and specialist to be sure about your condition.

What are the most common chronic liver diseases?

There are more than 100 different liver diseases. The most common chronic liver diseases are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Alcoholic Liver Disease (Laennec’s cirrhosis), and Autoimmune diseases (Autoimmune hepatitis, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis).

What are the different types of viruses which affect the liver?

The most common types of liver infection are hepatitis viruses, including - Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Liver specialists will offer the best advice on the different diseases.

When does one require a liver transplant?

Liver transplantation surgically replaces a failing or diseased liver with one that is normal and healthy. At this time, transplantation is the only cure for liver insufficiency or liver failure because no device or machine may perform all the functions of the liver. People who require liver transplants typically have acute liver failure and chronic liver failure. They have to consult a liver transplant surgeon on priority.

Who is a Hepatologist?

A hepatologist is a specialist in the branch of medicine called Hepatology, which includes the study of body parts such as the liver, biliary tree, gallbladder and pancreas. A hepatologist manages disorders in these areas.

Why should I come to Aster CMI hospital for treatment of liver problems?

Aster CMI Hospital has the best liver specialists and liver transplant surgeons in Bangalore. The ILC centre also treats a wide range of liver problems using the latest technology. The team here is one of the most experienced in Karnataka and has performed the largest number of Liver transplants in the state.