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Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that results in liver cell damage and destruction. Acute hepatitis is a type of hepatitis that is quite common in the U.S.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that results in liver cell damage and destruction. Hepatitis is considered chronic if symptoms persist longer than six months. Chronic hepatitis can last years.
In cirrhosis, because of chronic damage to the liver, scar tissue slowly replaces normal functioning liver tissue, progressively diminishing blood flow through the liver. As the normal liver tissue is lost, nutrients, hormones, drugs and poisons are not processed effectively by the liver. In addition, protein production and other substances produced by the liver are inhibited.
Hereditary hemochromatosis is a metabolic disorder that causes increased absorption of iron from the digestive tract. It is one of the most common genetic disorders in the U.S.
Liver cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in the liver. Many times the cancer starts at another part of the body, like in the colon or lung, and spreads to the liver. Other times, the cancer starts in the liver.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a buildup of extra fat in the liver cells. While it is normal for the liver to contain some fat, levels more than five to 10 percent of the liver’s weight is classified as fatty liver.