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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- Hepatitis: Hepatitis means liver inflammation of any type, but in common usage it often refers to the infectious viral forms of
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- Alcoholism: Alcoholism is the abuse of alcohol due to a chronic addiction to alcohol. Drinking a few drinks to cope with
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- Cirrhosis of the Liver: Cirrhosis of the liver, or hepatic cirrhosis, is a severe chronic disease of the liver. It is best known as
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- Hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is an “iron overload” disorder due to excess iron in the blood. The most common form is called “Hereditary
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- Parasitic Infections: Parasitic infections, or parasite infestations, are where a parasitic organism infests the body. Simple examples are worms, head lice or
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