What manifestations of the body should you pay attention to in order to prevent violations in the work of the most important organ?
The liver is the most complex organ-the gland of external secretion, having the highest temperature (about 39 degrees), working as a huge chemical laboratory, performing a number of important functions. The liver is located in humans in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, has certain anatomical zones (segments, lobes, sectors) and is one of the largest organs of the gastrointestinal tract. An incredible feature is that not only what we have eaten and drunk gets into the liver through certain vessels, but even what has been applied to the skin or inhaled through the respiratory organs – for conversion into vital components and detoxification for us.
The liver is also involved in the metabolism of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and trace elements. Another important function is detoxification, it takes place in several stages, and its result is the neutralization of foreign substances, poisons, toxins, allergens and our biologically active substances (for example, hormones).
Many myths are associated with this beautiful organ, even the myth of Ancient Greece about Prometheus, which tells about the extraordinary possibility of restoring the liver. We suggest taking a closer look at yourself and your loved ones to find out if there are any manifestations that can indirectly tell us about the brewing problem in the hepatobiliary system – expert, doctor Oksana Chashchina tells about these signals.
Pain in the right hypochondrium
Unfortunately, pain in this area does not always reflect the problem in the liver. The liver itself “does not hurt.” At least, until the moment of its strong increase in size, when the stretching of its capsule (shell) occurs. Most often, the gallbladder can get sick in this area (with its inflammation, delayed excretion of bile, the presence of stones), stomach, duodenum.
An increase in the size of the abdomen
Of course, this sign can manifest itself in obesity and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, but if the patient abuses alcohol, does not have a balanced diet, and the stomach becomes stretched like a balloon, then most likely this may indicate a change in the liver.
Strengthening of the vascular pattern on the skin of the abdomen
This transformation is called caput medusae (the head of a jellyfish). Of course, this may be a sign of thinning of the skin, but most often, it is still a sign of the possible presence of liver disease.
Yellowing of the sclera and skin
These manifestations are a clear sign of liver and gallbladder disease, the presence of a genetic condition called Gilbert’s syndrome, as well as a sharp and acute overlap of bile outflow. You should immediately consult a doctor.
Of course, there are a lot of diseases and conditions associated with the presence of itchy skin, but this is exactly what a competent doctor, or even a consultation of doctors, will have to figure out in order to understand whether this refers to a violation of the liver. Itching in diseases of the liver and biliary system can be associated not only with the “poisoning” of the body with bile and toxins, but also with insufficient function of the formation and assimilation of fats (fat metabolism), which leads to pronounced dryness of the skin.
Feeling of bitterness in the mouth
Yes, this is also a sign of malfunctions in the gastrointestinal tract and the bile outflow system, which is characterized by the throwing of contents from the small intestine into the stomach and further into the esophagus.
Changes in analyses
Since the liver is an organ involved in all metabolic processes, during examination in blood tests, changes in biochemical parameters can be observed, reflecting protein, fat, carbohydrate metabolism, immunity, blood coagulation, hormones and many others, which, with certain combinations, give a clear picture of the “suffering” of the liver.
The presence of frequently formed bruises, fragility of blood vessels
With these manifestations, it is also worth paying attention to the work of the hepatobiliary system, if the appearance of hematomas began gradually in a person who has not had genetic diseases of the hematopoiesis system since childhood.
Constant asthenia, weakness, chronic fatigue
These signs, unfortunately, are very characteristic of a modern urbanized person who is under constant stress and multitasking, and may be a consequence of viral load, adrenal gland disorders, the presence of a large number of deficits and inflammatory processes, but also the presence of liver diseases, including.
The presence of pigmentation disorders on the skin (most often of the face and upper torso)
These manifestations can be a sign not only of liver pathology, but also of the presence of anemic conditions and diseases of the endocrine system, which is actually interrelated and can be combined. Pigmentation on the skin is represented by bright large spots from gray-yellow to bright brown; they can be both symmetrical and asymmetrical, merging or without a tendency to merge; they are more common in women than in men, and cause a lot of aesthetic discomfort to the beautiful half of humanity.
Flat single and multiple plaques of yellow color, located on the eyelids, ranging in size from a pea to a bean, of a soft consistency tend to merge and form lumpy elements. The development and appearance of these formations is associated with a violation of lipid metabolism, and we remember that the liver is responsible for this process. These formations are harmless and have only an aesthetic character of changes, they are removed easily and without traces.
The liver is a powerful organ capable of tremendous regeneration, but it is not necessary to postpone medical examinations until the moment of manifestation of deviations. The most correct approach is a responsible attitude to oneself and a desire to live to a very old age qualitatively, with a minimum number of diseases, therefore it is worth taking time to health and passing check-ups at least once a year.