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 4398 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The elevated prevalence of risk factors for chronic liver disease among ageing people with hemophilia and implications for treatment.
 

Author(s): Christian Qvigstad, Robert Campbell Tait, Stephan Rauchensteiner, Erik Berntorp, Philippe de Moerloose, Roger E Schutgens, Pål Andre Holme,

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(39):e12551.

 

Chronic liver disease (CLD) is frequently seen in the hemophilia population. The ADVANCE Working Group conducted a cross-sectional study in which people with hemophilia (PWH) aged ≥40 years were included. This study aimed to assess the associations between CLD and its risk factors ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Risk factors associated with nonalcohol fatty liver disease and fibrosis among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
 

Author(s): Hongli Zhao, Xiangxin Song, Zhang Li, Xinling Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(37):e12356.

 

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is closely related to hepatic steatosis and fibrosis. The aim of this study was to analyze the occurrence of hepatic steatosis and fibrosis in patients with T2DM and to explore the risk factors.A total of 629 patients with T2DM were enrolled. Liver ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Jian-Hui Yan, Bing-Jie Guan, Hai-Yan Gao, Xian-E Peng

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Sep;97(37):e12271.

 

Clinical trials examining the therapeutic benefit of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFAs) on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have reported inconsistent results. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the effect of ω-3 PUFA ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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 1219 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the risk of urolithiasis: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Shaoyou Qin, Song Wang, Xu Wang, Jiangbin Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(35):e12092.

 

There is growing evidence that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated with a higher risk of urolithiasis, but it has not yet been determined that this association is reproducible and consistent across different studies. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Molecular mechanisms of hepatic lipid accumulation in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
 

Author(s): David Højland Ipsen, Jens Lykkesfeldt, Pernille Tveden-Nyborg

Journal: Cell. Mol. Life Sci.. 2018 Sep;75(18):3313-3327.

 

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is currently the world's most common liver disease, estimated to affect up to one-fourth of the population. Hallmarked by hepatic steatosis, NAFLD is associated with a multitude of detrimental effects and increased mortality. This narrative ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Liver Disease During Pregnancy: A Challenging Clinical Issue.
 

Author(s): Ivana Mikolasevic, Tajana Filipec-Kanizaj, Ivan Jakopcic, Iva Majurec, Alemka Brncic-Fischer, Nikola Sobocan, Irena Hrstic, Tea Stimac, Davor Stimac, Sandra Milic

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One of the least studied topics in the field of obstetrics is liver disease during pregnancy, which creates a challenge for both gynecologists and hepatologists. Approximately 3% of pregnant women are affected by some form of liver disease during pregnancy. Some of these conditions ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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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Thermal Imaging in Liver Disease.
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Liver Diseases

 

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2017

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Last Updated: 15 Oct 2018

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