What are some reasons why the liver fails?

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Feb 19, 2018


Some common causes of (1) chronic liver failure and (2) acute liver failure are suggested below.


(1) Chronic Liver Failure (when the liver could fail in months, or years) could result from the following:

-- Chronic viral hepatitis (especially hepatitis B and C, if untreated).

-- Long-term alcohol consumption leading to Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD) and the destruction of liver.

-- Years of overconsumption of sugars of all kinds (especially sugary drinks) and of simple carbohydrates (like white-flour products), leading to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and to Cirrhosis.

-- Cirrhosis of the liver (due to various causes).

-- Malnutrition (a severe deficiency of essential nutrients -- especially the lack of vitamin C creating a breakdown in the hepatic blood vessels walls and the breakdown of tissues).

(2) Acute liver failure (the liver could fail rapidly in some cases, due to accidental poisoning, or infections):

-- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose.

-- Some forms of viral hepatitis, if untreated.

-- Reactions to certain prescription drugs, or (rarely) some compounds in herbal medications.

-- Ingestion of certain poisonous wild mushrooms.

-- Chemical or toxin poisoning.

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