Connecting Liver Disease And Gilbert's Disease
The human liver is one of the
most important organs of the body. It is responsible for
cleaning our internal organs of the entire gunk and bile that
is deposited by a person on a regular basis.
But conditions like Gilbert’s
disease and other forms of liver disease makes our livers
weak and prone to breaking down.
To understand better how the liver is affected by different
kinds of diseases and the impact of these conditions to our
body. Liver disease is a general term used in describing any
kind of sickness affecting the liver. Many of theses conditions
are accompanied by jaundice caused by the heightened levels of
bilirubin in the system. The bilirubin is the product of the
breakup of the hemoglobin of dead red blood cells; usually, the
liver takes away bilirubin from the blood and excretes it
The following are some of the known conditions that are
considered as liver diseases:
- Hepatitis. This is the inflammation of the liver. This
caused mainly by different kinds of viruses, there are also
times that it is caused by some poisons, even hereditary
- Cirrhosis. This is the formation of fibrous tissue in the
liver, the fibrous tissue takes the place of dead liver
- Haemochromatosis. This is a hereditary disease caused by
too much iron in the body causing liver damage.
- Cancer of the liver. This is usually coming from other
parts of the body that is also affected by cancer. Usually,
when cancer cells metastasis, it reaches the liver and it
starts spreading from there.
- Wilson’s disease. This condition is hereditary and copper
deposits in the body cause it.
- Budd-Chiari syndrome. This is caused by the obstruction of
the person’s hepatic vein.
- Gilbert’s syndrome. This is a genetic disorder of
bilirubin metabolism, found in about 5 percent of the
- Glycogen storage disease type II. Here, the build-up of
glycogen causes progressive tissue weakness (myopathy)
throughout the body and affects various body tissues,
particularly in the heart, skeletal muscles, liver and nervous
There are also many pediatric liver diseases, including
biliary atresia, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, alagille
syndrome, and progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis, to
name but a few.
A number of liver function tests are available to test the
proper function of the liver. These test for the presence of
enzymes in blood that are normally most abundant in liver
tissue, metabolites or products.
Symptoms of a diseased liver
There are a few external signs that we could include to
determine a diseased liver, some of those external signs are a
coated tongue, bad breath, skin rashes, itchy skin, excessive
sweating, offensive body odor, dark circles under the eyes, red
swollen and itchy eyes, acne rosacea, brownish spots and
blemishes on the skin, flushed facial appearance or excessive
facial blood vessels.
There are other symptoms to look out for and they include
jaundice, dark urine, pale stool, bone loss, easy bleeding,
itching, small, spider-like blood vessels visible in the skin,
enlarged spleen, fluid in the abdominal cavity, chills, pain
from the biliary tract or pancrea, and an enlarged
The improper digestion and absorption of fats may lead to
symptoms that include indigestion, reflux, hemorrhoids, gall
stones, intolerance to fatty foods, intolerance to alcohol,
nausea and vomiting attacks, abdominal bloating, and
constipation. Unfortunately, some liver diseases like Gilbert’s
disease are known to share symptoms with other liver diseases.
So it’s better to consult a professional.