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Liver disease

Any condition that damages the liver and prevents it from functioning well.
Most common types
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

    The accumulation of liver fat in people who drink little or no alcohol.
  • Hepatitis C

    An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
  • Hepatitis B

    A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that’s easily preventable by a vaccine.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    Chronic liver damage from a variety of causes leading to scarring and liver failure.
  • Alcoholic hepatitis

    Liver inflammation caused by drinking too much alcohol.
  • Hepatitis A

    A highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
  • Hemochromatosis

    An inherited condition caused by excessive absorption of iron, leading to high blood iron levels and iron deposits in multiple joints.
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Fatty liver disease Also called: hepatic steatosis – Treatment

Treatment consists of self care
Treatment involves reducing the risk factors such as obesity through a diet and exercise programme. It is generally a benign condition, but in a minority of patients, it can progress to liver failure (cirrhosis).
Reducing exposure to alcohol which can exacerbate or cause disease.
Aerobic activity for 20–30 minutes 5 days a week improves cardiovascular health. If injured, pursuing an activity that avoids the injured muscle group or joint can help maintain physical function while recovering.
Can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of complications related to obesity.
Improving control of blood sugar to reduce the risk of developing complications related to diabetes.
A vaccine that prevents hepatitis B, a virus that infects the liver.
A vaccine that prevents hepatitis A, a virus that causes inflammation of the liver.\
Focuses on liver, gallbladder and biliary tree disorders.
Focuses on the digestive system and its disorders.
Specialises in food and diet.
Prevents, diagnoses and treats diseases.
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Fatty liver disease Also called: hepatic steatosis – symptoms

Requires a medical diagnosis
It usually causes no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include fatigue, weight loss and abdominal pain.
This medical condition typically has no symptoms
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Fatty liver disease Also called: hepatic steatosis – About

An increased build-up of fat in the liver.
Very common
More than 10 million cases per year (India)
Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Major risk factors include obesity and type 2 diabetes, though it’s also associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
It usually causes no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include fatigue, weight loss and abdominal pain.
Treatment involves reducing the risk factors such as obesity through a diet and exercise programme. It is generally a benign condition, but in a minority of patients, it can progress to liver failure (cirrhosis).
Ages affected
3-5
Very rare
6-13
Rare
14-18
Common
19-40
Common
41-60
Very common
60+
Very common