Liver Failure Management
The liver is an essential organ that removes impurities from blood, and converts food to energy. If large portions of the liver become damaged and fail to function properly, liver failure may result. Liver failure is characterized by symptoms that include fatigue, jaundice and abdominal swelling, and may be caused by a variety of factors, including long-term alcohol consumption, cirrhosis and hepatitis.
Liver-failure management depends on the underlying cause of the damage. If liver failure is caused by a virus, such as hepatitis, the liver may eventually recover on its own once the virus is treated. Treatment for liver failure caused by long-term damage, such as cirrhosis, includes trying to preserve the part of the liver that is still functioning. If that is not possible, a liver transplant may be necessary.
Liver failure may be prevented by drinking alcohol in moderation and getting a hepatitis vaccine.