Your liver can be subject to a variety of diseases and infections causing acute (short term) or chronic (long term) damage, inflammation, scarring, bile duct obstructions, clotting abnormalities, and liver dysfunction.  A significant amount of liver damage may take place before symptoms such as jaundice, dark urine, light-coloured stools, nausea, fatigue, diarrhoea, and unexplained weight loss or gain are noticed. Early diagnosis is essential in order to minimise damage and your preserve liver function.

In the first instance your consultant may order a blood test called a liver investigation to see how your liver is functioning. You may also be referred for an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI or liver biopsy. 

Treatment of liver disease depends on the type and severity. Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you.

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