Dr. Abhishek Yadav, Consultant, Dept of Gastrointestinal Surgery & Liver Transplantation
“Jigar Ka Tukda” is a common aphorism in hindi to address someone who is extremely dear to us, translated to english “Jigar ” is “ Liver”, so it goes without saying how important an organ the Liver is for us. The importance can also be gauged by the fact that a person can not survive without a functioning liver beyond a few hours and unlike other essential organs like the heart, lung , kidney the liver can not be supported by machinery like dialysis machines and artificial heart pumps.
Being as important an organ as it is, many of us are ignorant about the symptoms which tell us that our “Jigar” is not working well. There are hundreds of such signs and tests that doctors can do to look at your liver functions, however below are some that you can pick up yourselves, some of these are subtle and tend to be ignored, and this is the reason why liver specialists usually see patients at an advanced stage of their disease.