What are the symptoms of liver inflammation?

Symptoms of liver inflammation can involve a variety of body systems, with effects ranging from decreased energy level to skin irritation to abdominal and gastrointestinal symptoms. You should contact your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms, and seek immediate attention for symptoms associated with more serious forms of the disease.

Common symptoms of liver inflammation

There are various types of liver inflammation, and symptoms vary depending on the type. At times, any of these symptoms can be severe:

  • Abdominal swelling, distention or bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Discolored urine and stool
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Itchy skin
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Malaise and lethargy
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, liver inflammation can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal swelling, distention or bloating
  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
  • Difficulty walking
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe fatigue
  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)

What is liver inflammation?

Liver inflammation is a reaction that occurs when liver cells are attacked by a disease-causing microbe or substance. The liver is an organ in the digestive system that assists the digestive process and carries out many other essential functions. These functions include producing bile to help break down food into energy; creating essential substances, such as hormones; cleaning toxins from the ... Read more about liver inflammationintroduction


What causes liver inflammation?

Liver inflammation has various causes, depending on the type. Viral infections are a common cause, along with toxic exposures and some inherited conditions.

Causes of liver inflammation

Liver inflammation may be caused by the following:


How is liver inflammation treated?

Treatment of hepatitis varies depending on the type of hepatitis. If you are diagnosed with any type of hepatitis, you should stop drinking alcohol and discontinue use of drugs that may damage the liver, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), and drugs that increase your risk of bleeding, such as aspirin.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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