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 3828 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Predictors of Liver Disease Severity in Children with Chronic Hepatitis B.
 

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

Journal: Adv Clin Exp Med. ;25(4):681-8.

 

Evaluation of the liver histology is essential for the management of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in children.

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2016

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IS ARFI A USEFUL TOOL FOR NON-INVASIVE EVALUATION OF LIVER STIFFNESS IN NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE AND HEPATITIS C?
 

Author(s): Coskun Ozturker, Ergenekon Karagoz, Huseyin Onur Sildiroglu

Journal: Arq Gastroenterol. ;53(3):212.

 

Last Updated: 21 Jul 2016

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No effects of oral vitamin D supplementation on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
 

Author(s): Ilaria Barchetta, Maria Del Ben, Francesco Angelico, Michele Di Martino, Antonio Fraioli, Giuseppe La Torre, Rosella Saulle, Ludovica Perri, Sergio Morini, Claudio Tiberti, Laura Bertoccini, Flavia Agata Cimini, Francesca Panimolle, Carlo Catalano, Marco Giorgio Baroni, Maria Gisella Cavallo

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Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common hepatic disorder worldwide, reaching prevalence up to 90 % in obese patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), and representing an independent risk factor for cardiovascular mortality. Furthermore, the coexistence of T2D and NAFLD ...

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2016

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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 985 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Metabolic Syndrome after Liver Transplant.
 

Author(s): Stefano Gitto, Erica Villa

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Liver transplant is the unique curative therapy for patients with acute liver failure or end-stage liver disease, with or without hepatocellular carcinoma. Increase of body weight, onset of insulin resistance and drug-induced alterations of metabolism are reported in liver transplant ...

Last Updated: 7 Apr 2016

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The Honolulu Liver Disease Cluster at the Medical Center: Its Mysteries and Challenges.
 

Author(s): Rolf Teschke, Axel Eickhoff

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In 2013, physicians at the Honolulu Queen's Medical Center (QMC) noticed that seven liver disease patients reported the use of OxyELITE Pro (OEP), a widely consumed dietary supplement (DS). Assuming a temporal association between OEP use and disease, they argued that OEP was the cause ...

Last Updated: 5 Apr 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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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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