The liver is an essential part of the human body. As it is the very important organ when it stops working well causes many issues. It provides several metabolic functions.
Where is the liver located?
The liver is located in the Right hypochondriac and epigastric regions. The liver is the largest organ that which covers a major part of the abdomen other than the intestines. You can see exact locations in the below image.
Image 1, 2 and 3 : Liver location in the human body in front, side and back view
Picture 4 : Liver pain location (referred pain of liver)
Pain in the upper right quadrant of your abdomen should give a suspicion regarding liver disease. It is generally felt as dull sensation, thermosensation.
However, few cases with stabbing and radiating types of pain have been reported.
Causes and associated conditions:
- excessive alcohol consumption
- ascites (fluid in the abdomen)
- liver tumors, abscesses
- Reye syndrome
- iron overload
- drug induced ( acetaminophen- Tylenol, disulfiram, clavulanic acid etc )
As the liver is the detoxifying organ of our body, any disease affecting the liver hampers the metabolic and detoxifying processes.
This further affects various other body functions ultimately showing symptoms of toxicity like:
- yellow discoloration of sclera and skin ( jaundice )
- edema ( of ankles/legs )
- nausea and vomiting
- loss of appetite ( causing weight loss )
- itchy skin, new allergies
- memory loss
- bloating and gas
sometimes liver disease may be rarely associated with conditions like gynecomastia, shrunken testicles etc due to failure in regulating the proper metabolism of the hormones.
The earlier the disease is diagnosed, easier it is to cure and prevent its progression further.
For diagnosis generally, the abdominal examination is done and detailed history regarding the patient’s lifestyle diet etc are taken.
Blood test, CT-scan, MRI, Liver biopsy are some of the diagnostic tests done ignored to identify the underlying cause.
Diet and lifestyle changes prove to be useful in reversing the detonating condition of the liver.
Obesity, Excessive alcohol consumption, High fatty food intake, Malnutrition are few conditions that cause liver dysfunction.
Therefore changes in our diet, habits, regular workouts can improve the liver health
- Drink plenty amounts of water.
- Avoid fatty foods, heavy meals
- take bland food for few days
- Intake of green leafy vegetables like spinach increase the production of liver enzymes
- Papaya juice, milk with turmeric are other reliable option
Over the counter, drugs should be avoided as they may aggravate the condition.
Your physician prescribes the appropriate medication according to the underlying cause.
If identified as liver carcinoma visiting te oncologist for better treatment is required.