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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fast-Acting Remedies for Liver Diseases (Obstructions)


Gallstones, tumors, trauma, and inflammation can cause blockages or obstructions in the ducts draining the liver (bile ducts).

When an obstruction occurs, bile and its associated wastes accumulate in the liver and the patient's skin and eyes often turn yellow (jaundice); bilirubin in the urine turns it a dark brown color, while lack of bilirubin in the intestines causes the stool to become very pale colored (similar symptoms may develop in acute hepatitis and, occasionally, in cirrhosis).

Cholesterol and bile pigments (bilirubin) in the bile may form stones in the gallbladder, where bile is stored.

These stones may or may not cause symptoms and problems, depending on their size and location.

If present for a long time, they may damage the gall bladder and prevent it from working properly; this often causes a feeling of bloating and discomfort in the upper abdomen after meals, especially ones high in fat.

The gallstones may block the duct that drains bile from the gallbladder, causing sharp pain to develop suddenly in the upper right part of the abdomen, and, in many cases, leading to infection of the gallbladder and fever.

Obstruction of the hepatic vein, the vein from the liver, may also occur, reducing blood flow out of the liver. This obstruction may be due to tumors pushing against the vein or from blood clot formation within the vein.

Obstruction may be chronic and cause few symptoms, but they can also be acute and life-threatening.

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