Loss of appetite
Patients with liver cirrhosis enter into a stage of general malaise that is also accompanied by loss of appetite and intestinal absorption problems. Altogether, these symptoms speed up the progression of the disease as the patient becomes malnourished. Loss of appetite is often associated with nausea, which is also common in liver disease, and when cirrhosis is induced by alcohol, there’s an even higher probability of suffering from loss of appetite.
In some cases, the abdominal swelling pushes aside the stomach, making patients feel satiated before it is properly filled with food. There’s an impaired capacity of the stomach to accommodate, and abdominal discomfort makes patients avoid what they feel as excess food.