Hepatic impairment refers to a condition in which the liver is damaged or not functioning properly. The liver is responsible for many important functions in the body, including detoxifying the blood, producing bile, storing nutrients, and regulating metabolism. When the liver is impaired, these functions can be affected, which can lead to a variety of symptoms and health problems.
There are many possible causes of hepatic impairment, including viral infections (such as hepatitis B and C), excessive alcohol consumption, fatty liver disease, autoimmune disorders, and certain medications or toxins. Depending on the underlying cause and severity of the impairment, symptoms may vary, but can include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and confusion or disorientation.
Treatment of hepatic impairment depends on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. In some cases, lifestyle modifications such as a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol may be recommended. In other cases, medications may be prescribed to manage symptoms or treat the underlying condition. For more severe cases, hospitalization and specialized medical care may be necessary.
It’s important to speak with a healthcare provider if symptoms of hepatic impairment are present, as early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent further damage to the liver and improve outcomes. A healthcare provider may recommend tests such as blood tests, imaging studies, or liver biopsies to help diagnose the underlying cause of the impairment.