Liver disease

Common Name(s)

Liver disease

Liver disease is any type of damage to the liver that causes it not to function properly. The liver is an organ that helps digest food and remove toxins from the body. There are over 100 types of liver disease. Most forms of liver disease can either be inherited (genetic) or caused by virus or parasite infection, autoimmune diseases, alcohol abuse, or obesity. Damage to the liver can cause scarring (cirrhosis) and this scarring can eventually cause liver failure. Liver failure is very serious and is life-threatening.

There are many symptoms of liver disease. People with liver disease may have skin and eyes that look yellow (jaundice), stomach pain, and swelling in the stomach, legs, or ankles. Their urine is often very dark and they have pale colored or bloody feces. Individuals with liver disease may also have itchy skin, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and may bruise easily.

Risk factors for liver disease include sharing needles, exposure to other people’s blood and body fluids, and unprotected sex, tattoos, and body piercings. Other risk factors include heavy alcohol use, obesity, diabetes, and high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood.

To diagnose liver disease, your doctor will ask about your health history. They might also use imaging tests, test your blood, and test tissue samples. Some liver problems may be treated by healthy lifestyle changes. Some people with liver disease may need prescribed medication or surgery. If liver disease results in liver failure, a liver transplant may be necessary. Research is ongoing, so talk with your doctor and specialists about the most current treatment options. Support groups are a good source of information and can help connect you with others living with liver disease.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Liver disease" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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Alagille Syndrome Alliance

The purpose of the Alliance is to be the main networking resource and source of information for people with ALGS, their families, friends, and health care providers. The Alliance is also dedicated to increasing public awareness of ALGS and supporting research efforts on behalf of the ALGS community.

Last Updated: 25 May 2013

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Alpha-1 Foundation

The Alpha-1 Foundation is dedicated to providing the leadership and resources that will result in increased research, improved health, worldwide detection, and a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2015

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Liver disease" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

http://www.HepatitisFoundation.org

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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Alagille Syndrome Alliance

The purpose of the Alliance is to be the main networking resource and source of information for people with ALGS, their families, friends, and health care providers. The Alliance is also dedicated to increasing public awareness of ALGS and supporting research efforts on behalf of the ALGS community.

http://www.alagille.org

Last Updated: 25 May 2013

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Alpha-1 Foundation

The Alpha-1 Foundation is dedicated to providing the leadership and resources that will result in increased research, improved health, worldwide detection, and a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

http://alpha1.org/

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2015

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General Resources

ALGSA CONNECT Patient Registry

Registry open to anyone with ALGS.

Updated 25 May 2013

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Blogs

ALGSA President's Blog

Cindy Luxhoj Hahn's weekly blog about being a parent of a child with ALGS and running the ALGSA.

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Liver disease" returned 3741 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, liver disease and elevated serum testosterone (Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome): a case report.
 

Author(s): R Dissanayake, K P K Y M D S Wickramarathne, S N Seneviratne, S N Perera, M U J Fernando, V P Wickramasinghe

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A Sri Lankan girl with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome) is described.

Last Updated: 24 Jan 2017

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Liver steatosis in children with chronic hepatitis B and C: Prevalence, predictors, and impact on disease progression.
 

Author(s): Maria Pokorska-Śpiewak, Barbara Kowalik-Mikołajewska, Małgorzata Aniszewska, Magdalena Pluta, Bożena Walewska-Zielecka, Magdalena Marczyńska

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jan;96(3):e5832.

 

Only scarce data on liver steatosis in children with chronic hepatitis B and C (CHB and CHC) are available. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence, predictors, and impact of hepatic steatosis on children with CHB and CHC. A total of 78 patients aged 11.5 ± 3.4 ...

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2017

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Probiotic mixture improves fatty liver disease by virtue of its action on lipid profiles, leptin, and inflammatory biomarkers.
 

Author(s): Hessah Mohammed Al-Muzafar, Kamal Adel Amin

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A high fat diet has an essential role in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This condition is characterized by hepatic fat accumulation (steatosis) and is associated with obesity, diabetes, and fibrosis or cirrhosis of the liver. Probiotics may be useful ...

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Liver disease" returned 978 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comparative efficacy of interventions on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): A PRISMA-compliant systematic review and network meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Ratree Sawangjit, Bunchai Chongmelaxme, Pochamana Phisalprapa, Surasak Saokaew, Ammarin Thakkinstian, Kris V Kowdley, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Aug;95(32):e4529.

 

The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has significantly increased over the last decades. Despite existence of several interventions, there remains unclear which interventions work the best.

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2016

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Clinical effectiveness of cell therapies in patients with chronic liver disease and acute-on-chronic liver failure: a systematic review protocol.
 

Author(s): Nwe Ni Than, Claire L Tomlinson, Debashis Haldar, Andrew L King, David Moore, Philip N Newsome

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Chronic liver disease (CLD) is a major health burden worldwide. Liver cirrhosis, a form of CLD is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK. Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is the result of an acute insult superimposed on patients with liver cirrhosis as a result of precipitating ...

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2016

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Hepatokines and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
 

Author(s): Dariusz M Lebensztejn, Marta Flisiak-Jackiewicz, Irena Białokoz-Kalinowska, Anna Bobrus-Chociej, Irina Kowalska

Journal: Acta Biochim. Pol.. 2016 ;63(3):459-67.

 

Nowadays non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming the most common chronic liver pathology both in adults and children. NAFLD manifestation ranges from a simple liver steatosis to steatohepatitis (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis - NASH), which may progress to advanced fibrosis, ...

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cells Infusion for the Treatment of Liver Diseases.
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Liver Diseases

 

Last Updated: 21 Oct 2016

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Hepatic Venous Pressure Gradient and Platelet Activation in Chronic Liver Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Liver Disease

 

Last Updated: 30 Nov 2015

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Last Updated: 21 May 2015

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