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Signs and symptoms

Liver disease is often discovered during routine testing. It may not cause any symptoms at first or the symptoms may be vague, like weakness and loss of energy.

In acute liver disease, the most common symptoms are related increased bilirubin (including jaundice which is a yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine and light stools) along with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Chronic liver disease symptoms include jaundice, dark urine, abdominal swelling due to the accumulation of fluid (ascites), pruritus (itching), unexplained weight loss or gain, and abdominal pain: they may not be present until the disease has reached an advanced stage.

Last Review Date: February 01, 2018