Liver Disorders: Overview

The liver is a large organ that can have various disorders. Infection or inflammation of the liver is called hepatitis, and various forms of viral hepatitis are common: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and there are other non-contagious types of hepatitis such as Autoimmune Hepatitis. Alcoholism causes liver damage leading to liver cirrhosis. Excessive iron in the blood also damages the liver in Hemochromatosis. Liver tumors due to liver cancer are possible. Parasites can infest the liver in some less developed countries (e.g. liver flukes). The latter stages of chronic liver disease are called liver failure. There are many other types of liver disease.

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