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|How to approach a liver patient |
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(Posted Sep. 16, 1996; Updated May 14, 2009)
How to approach a liver patient ?
(Key words: liver disease, primary, secondary, systemic, congenital, damage, new growth)
- When the doctor is facing and examining a patient with liver diseases, he will consider about whether the disease is a disease of liver itself, or due to diseases other than the liver, or a manifestation of a systemic disease.
- The doctor will also consider about whether the liver disease is congenital, or damage by a specific agent, or a new growth.
When you examine a patient presenting with symptoms of liver disease, you must consider:
- (A) Is it the disease of liver itself ? Liver lesion is:
- Primary ( the disease of the liver itself)
- Secondary ( the original lesion is in other organs other than liver)
- Systemic (a part of a generalized or systemic disease)
- (B) What is the character of the lesion ?
- Congenital : (anomaly, metabolic)
- Damage due to: (infection, parasite, or chemical or physical agents)
- New growth : (malignant or benign)
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(By Jau-Shin Wu, M.D.; Posted Sep. 16, 1996; Revised May 12, 2009)
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