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Liver Conditions

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Your liver is the second largest organ in your body and it plays a critical role in your digestive system, helping you digest food, absorb nutrients and filter toxins from your blood. The term “liver disease” applies to the more than 100 diseases and disorders that impair the liver’s ability to function properly or cause it to stop functioning. Liver disease can occur in people of all ages and ethnicities and affects approximately 1 in 10 people in the United States.

Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks liver cells. This immune disorder causes inflammation of the liver, also called hepatitis. Autoimmune hepatitis is typically chronic, meaning it can last for years and can lead to cirrhosis (scarring and hardening) of the liver. The disease is usually quite serious ...Read More about Autoimmune Hepatitis...

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver. Scar tissue, which forms because of chronic injury or inflammation, replaces healthy liver tissue and blocks the normal flow of blood through the liver. A liver with too much scar tissue cannot work properly but early treatment can control symptoms and keep cirrhosis from getting worse. ...Read More about Cirrhosis of the Liver...

Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a common hereditary liver disease. It is caused by an increase in iron in the body or iron overload. Primary hemochromatosis, also called hereditary hemochromatosis, is an inherited disease. Secondary hemochromatosis is caused by anemia, alcoholism, and other disorders. Hemochromatosis causes the body to absorb and store too much iron. The extra iron ...Read More about Hemochromatosis...

Hepatitis A

The hepatitis A virus is found mostly in the stool and blood of an infected person about 15 - 45 days before symptoms occur and during the first week of illness. You can catch hepatitis A if: You eat or drink food or water that has been contaminated by stools (feces) containing the hepatitis A virus (fruits, ...Read More about Hepatitis A...

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B infection is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).You can catch hepatitis B through contact with the blood or body fluids (such as semen, vaginal fluids, and saliva) of a person who has the virus. Exposure may occur: After a needle stick or sharp injury If any blood or other body fluid ...Read More about Hepatitis B...

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Today, most people become ...Read More about Hepatitis C...

Liver Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, 15,000 men and 6,000 women are diagnosed each year with primary liver cancer (cancer that begins in the liver). Most are over 64 years old. Most primary liver cancers begin in liver cells (hepatocytes). This type of cancer is called hepatocellular carcinoma or malignant hepatoma. Normal cells grow and divide to form ...Read More about Liver Cancer...

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)

Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the bile ducts in the liver to become inflamed and damaged and, ultimately, to disappear. Bile is a liquid produced in the liver that travels through the bile ducts to the gallbladder and then the small intestine, where it helps digest fats and fat-soluble ...Read More about Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)...