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Liver Disease and Condition Types

  • There are many disorders of the liver that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Below please find some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview.

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    Hepatitis

    Inflammation of the liver caused by a virus, resulting in liver cell damage and destruction.

    There are 5 known types of hepatitis:

    • Hepatitis A: virus contracted through fecal - oral contact
    • Hepatitis B: virus contracted through contaminated blood, blood products and needles
    • Hepatitis C: virus contracted through contaminated blood, blood products, sexual contact, and contaminated intravenous needles
    • Hepatitis D: Occurs in conjunction with Hepatitis B, making the Hepatitis B strain the most aggressive
    • Hepatitis E: Similar to Hepatitis A, most frequent occurances are found underdeveloped countries

    Cirrhosis

    Gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. Scarring of the liver, scar tissue slowly replaces healthy functioning liver tissue, diminishing blood flow and destroying the liver's filtering and production functions. Most common cause is alcohol abuse.

    Fibrosis

    Gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. Similar to cirrhosis, it is the build up of scar tissue that slowly destroys the livers overall function. Most common causes are infection, inflammation, injury or even healing for a related condition.

    Tumor

    A typical masses of tissue that form when cells begin to multiply at a rapid rate. The liver can develop benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors.

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