Liver Disease (Hepatology)

The liver is the body’s largest internal organ and one of the most important. The liver changes food into energy, processes proteins, and stores vitamins; it also flushes alcohol and poisons from blood and replenishes damaged cells. However, different liver diseases and toxins can lead to damage of liver cells, compromising the liver’s ability to function.

Liver disease can result in physical symptoms, such as tiredness, weight loss, and itching. Advanced liver disease may result in swelling of the legs and abdomen, mental confusion, and yellow skin or jaundice.

Sometimes a liver diseases may resolve on its own and is only temporary. However, liver disease can become chronic, lasting for months, years, or even a lifetime. This could lead to complications requiring medical therapy or even a liver transplant.

Liver Failure

If the liver is too damaged to heal itself, hospitalization may be required.

 

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Over 1/3 of heavy drinkers will have liver damage and require medical attention.

 

Wilson's Disease

Learn about this genetic disorder and how to manage the symptoms.

 

Fatty Liver Disease

Sometimes excess fat in the liver can cause medical problems and require treatment.

 

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Learn the causes and complications of cirrhosis of the liver.

 

Liver Transplantation

Read about possible reasons for liver transplantation and our top-tier specialists.

 

Liver Cancer

Siteman Cancer Center offers patients one of the best treatment centers in the country.

Liver Biopsy

Read about the different types of liver biopsies and resulting diagnoses.

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