The Human Body Is The Liver

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Introduction The largest internal organ in the human body is the liver. The liver functions in many ways for the survival of the human body. Such as producing blood proteins which help clotting, haemoglobin (oxygen transport), storing glucose, eliminating harmful toxins in the bloodstream, breakdown of saturated fats and producing cholesterol (Robinson, 2016). Mr McGrath has 5 years past history of Alcoholic Cirrhosis in which there is irreversible scarring of the liver and ultimately preventing the liver from functioning properly. Complications of Cirrhosis such as Ascites, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy, jaundice, hypoxia, ecchymosis and high risk of infection are not uncommon with patients like Mr McGrath (Chalasani, 2013), (Robinson, 2016) and (Moore & Aithal, 2006). A liver transplant may be considered if initial treatment is ineffective (medication and dietary changes). Mr McGraths liver function test (LFT) displays abnormal results which may indicate the evidence of his liver disease. Ascites due to Cirrhosis Ascites is the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity which also indicate advanced liver disease. The development of ascites in cirrhosis can be caused by portal hypertension which is the increase of blood pressure in the veins running through the liver called “portal veins” (Chalasani, 2013). Mr McGrath was admitted to the hospital for abdominal swelling, displaying true signs of Jaundice (yellowing skin and eyes) fever (37.7°C) and

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