What is Liver Disease?
Liver disease, also called hepatic disease, refers to any number of diseases that may affect the liver and its function. The liver plays a role in the production of bile, blood-clotting and amino acids, and it aids in the processing and storage of iron for red blood cell production.
What Causes Liver Disease?
Liver disease can be inherited or caused by other factors that damage the liver. Some of the diseases that affect the liver include infectious hepatitis, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), cancers, bile flow abnormalities, blood flow abnormalities and alcohol abuse. Some medications may also cause liver damage, including acetaminophen (Tylenol).
What are the Symptoms of Liver Disease?
Symptoms of liver disease include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain in the upper right quadrant, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin due to high concentrations of the bile pigment bilirubin). Unexplained fatigue, weakness, and weight loss may also be associated with liver disease.
What is the Treatment for Liver Disease?
Treatments for these conditions vary depending on the disease and its causes.