Knowing Your Liver: Liver Cancer

August 10, 2016

Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the formal name used in referring to types of liver cancer, is most often caused by chronic damage to the liver over time by another type of liver disease. (1) It is estimated that in this year alone over 27,000 men and women will be diagnosed with liver cancer in the United States. Of this number, more than half are not expected to live past the first year. (2)

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

August 3, 2016

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, also referred to as PSC, is a disease that causes inflammation of bile ducts in the liver. As the inflammation remains, scar tissue begins to develop and blocks the bile ducts over time, prohibiting bile from traveling into the intestine for its role in digestion and eventually causes a buildup of bile in the liver. The scar tissue that develops as a result of the inflammation of PSC and the excess of bile is extremely dangerous to the life of a person’s liver, and can even be deadly. (1)

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Biliary Cholangitis

July 27, 2016

Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC,) formerly referred to as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic disease of the liver. What is unique about this disease is the inflammation of the bile ducts that slowly kills liver cells and leads to cirrhosis of the liver. (1) The American Liver Foundation states that “women account for about 90 percent of PBC cases. It is most commonly diagnosed in patients between the age of 35 and 60.” (1)

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Knowing Your Liver: Hemochromatosis

July 20, 2016

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs and stores too much iron. “The extra iron builds up in several organs, especially the liver, and can cause serious damage.” (1) According to the National Institute of Health, “This disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States.”

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Knowing Your Liver: Gilbert Syndrome

July 13, 2016

One of the many functions of the liver is breaking down an orange-yellow pigment known as Bilirubin. Bilirubin is a “waste product primarily produced by the normal breakdown of ‘heme’” from hemoglobin in all red blood cells. (1) When bilirubin is not properly disposed of it causes a buildup in the bloodstream which can lead to jaundice. According to the American Liver Foundation, gilbert syndrome affects “three to seven percent of people in the United States” and “ is more common in men than women.” (3)

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Knowing Your Liver: Hepatitis C

July 6, 2016

Hepatitis C is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the liver. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “approximately 75%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection.”

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