End-Stage Liver Disease
The function of the liver is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract of any toxic chemicals and metabolize any drugs. When disease, lifestyle contributors or genetic predispositions overtax the liver, scar tissue (cirrhosis) forms. The resulting liver disease takes years to progress. When the liver's function is near failure, end-stage liver disease, also known as chronic liver failure, causes symptoms that include yellowing of the skin (jaundice), abdominal pain and swelling, change in appetite, dark urine, itchy skin and chronic fatigue.