Need relief for painful, itching hemorrhoids? Better yet, how would you like
to prevent flare-ups in the first place?
About 10 million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins
in the rectum or around the anus. They can be internal or external.
External hemorrhoids more commonly cause symptoms of pain and itching when
irritated. Internal hemorrhoids generally are painless but can cause bleeding.
"They can cause bright red rectal bleeding, but if you have bleeding, don't
Makes bile, a compound needed to digest fat and to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K
Makes most of the substances that regulate blood clotting
Helps the body fight infection by removing bacteria from the blood
Removes potentially toxic byproducts of certain medications
When Is a Liver Transplant Needed?
A liver transplant is considered when the liver no longer functions adequately (liver failure). Liver failure can happen suddenly (acute liver failure) as a result of infection or complications from certain medications, for example. Liver failure can also be the end result of a long-term problem. The following conditions may result in chronic liver failure:
Specialists from a variety of fields are needed to determine if a liver transplant is appropriate. Many health care facilities assemble a team of such specialists to evaluate (review your medical history, do tests) and choose candidates for a liver transplant. The team may include the following professionals:
Liver specialist (hepatologist)
Transplant coordinator, usually a registered nurse who specializes in the care of liver-transplant patients (this person will be your primary contact with the transplant team)
Social worker to discuss your support network of family and friends, employment history, and financial needs