Felis ISSN 2398-2950
Chronic diarrhea: hepatic failure
Contributor(s): Ed Hall, Philip K Nicholls
- Signs: small intestinal diarrhea, impaired fat digestion due to lack of bile acids, bleeding tendency because of vitamin K malabsorption.
- Diagnosis: identify underlying hepatic disease.
- Treatment: eliminate hepatic disease, dietetic diet for liver insufficiency Dietetic diet: for liver insufficiency.
- Prognosis: guarded.
- Portal hypertension → stasis in intestinal draining veins → impaired absorption; also mucosal edema → lymphangiectasia.
- Impaired hepatic function/obstruction of bile duct → reduced delivery of bile acids to duodenum → impaired fat digestion → diarrhea.
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