Medical malpractice attorneys have recently reviewed new study that points to body building and diet supplements, including weight-loss products, as a cause of liver injury. The study, funded by the U.S. Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, examined 109 cases where patients have appeared to have suffered liver injury because of dietary supplements.
Researchers say some regulation of the dietary products may be necessary, but warn that it would be difficult because there are so many products on the market. These products do not require a prescription and are available for over the counter purchase. In most cases, side effects of the supplements are not well-known or unknown. It is estimated that close to 40 percent of people in the United States consume dietary and herbal supplements.
The researchers say the study definitely shows a link between supplements and liver damage, but further investigation is required to actually prove that the supplements are a cause. The preliminary results of the study will be presented at a Digestive Disease Week meeting this week in San Diego.
A liver injury can range from a bruise to complete destruction of the liver. These injuries can cause the liver to bleed and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can result in serious injury or death.
Typical symptoms of liver may include the following:
In more serious cases, rapid pulse and low blood pressure are also warning signs of liver injury.
If you experience symptoms in which may be related to a liver injury, you should immediately seek medical attention. Ensure that you receive medical attention, including a physical examination, blood testing, CT scan or other diagnostic testing recommended by a qualified, medical professional. If you continue to experience symptoms, insist on additional treatment as failure to diagnose a liver injury can result in severe injury.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving liver injuries, including misdiagnosis or failure and treat liver cancer or other liver injuries. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical experts are dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries as a result of a failure to diagnose liver cancer, liver injury or any other type of negligent care received by a medical provider, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.