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Liver cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. The liver is a large organ and can function normally even with a large tumour. Signs and symptoms often appear once the tumour grows and causes changes in the body, such as blocking the bile ducts. Other health conditions, including scarring of the liver (called cirrhosis), can cause the same symptoms as liver cancer.
See your doctor if you have these signs or symptoms:
Hepatic encephalopathy develops when the liver doesn’t work properly and waste products build up in the blood. Symptoms include:
Portal hypertension is an increase in blood pressure in the hepatic portal vein (the main vein that brings blood to the liver). It can develop when a liver tumour blocks the flow of blood in the vein. It can also develop with liver scarring (cirrhosis). The increase in pressure causes large veins (called varices) to develop in the stomach and esophagus to get around the blockage. Varices are very fragile and can bleed easily. Symptoms of portal hypertension include:
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