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  Liver Degenerative Disease: Online Reference For Health Concerns
The causes of liver damage are numerous and may include congenital defects (malformed or absent bile ducts); obstructed bile ducts (cholestasis); autoimmune disorders; metabolic disorders (hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease); tumors; toxins (drugs, overdoses, poisons); alcohol-related conditions (cirrhosis); bacterial and parasitic infections; and viral infections (hepatitis B and C).
Wilson's disease is an inherited disorder characterized by the liver's inability to metabolize copper, resulting in the accumulation of excessive amounts of copper in the brain, liver, kidney, cornea, and other tissues.
Most liver transplants in the United States are a result of hepatitis C. Hepatitis C has a frightening tendency to result in chronic hepatitis, resulting in cirrhosis (15-20% of those infected) or hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer) (Ou 2002).
www.lef.org /protocols/prtcl-125.shtml   (2709 words)

  Liver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The liver is among the few internal human organs capable of natural regeneration of lost tissue; as little as 25% of remaining liver can regenerate into a whole liver again.
Living donor liver transplantation is a technique in which a portion of a living person's liver is removed and used to replace the entire liver of the recipient.
The umbilical vein enters the abdomen at the umbilicus, and passes upward along the free margin of the falciform ligament of the liver to the inferior surface of the liver.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Liver   (2016 words)

 Liver: Transplant Surgery Program and Center for Liver Disease
The diseased liver is replaced with a segment of liver from a healthy human donor (usually a relative or close friend).
Liver Transplantation: Replacement of a diseased liver due to chronic liver failure, acute liver failure or tumors within the liver.
Liver Surgery: Liver resections for tumors, removal of stones within the substance of the liver, repair of bile duct injuries within the liver, biopsy of the liver for tumors within the liver.
www.livertransplant.org   (391 words)

 Liver Diseases
The liver removes old or damaged red blood cells from the circulation, and is involved with the storage of iron and the breakdown of hemoglobin.
In a normal liver the rate at which the fat from the bloodstream enters the liver and the rate at which the liver utilizes this fat is roughly equal.
The liver might be hard to evaluate because a lack of abdominal fat, due to emaciation or a young animal.
www.lbah.com /liver.htm   (11291 words)

 MedlinePlus: Liver Diseases
The primary NIH organization for research on Liver Diseases is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The liver has many jobs, including changing food into energy and cleaning alcohol and poisons from the blood.
Liver Facts(American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases)
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/liverdiseases.html   (492 words)

 The Liver Files: Recipes and Lore About Our Most Important Sacred Food
Liver was considered so sacred that they never touched it with their hands, only with their spears.
Ancient cookbooks even describe the use of liver to thicken sauces, apparently by pressing raw puréed liver through a fine strainer and adding it to sauce that was then carefully heated but not boiled.
She has found liver to be invaluable in helping her to overcome health problems and deal with the stress of her job.
www.westonaprice.org /foodfeatures/liver.html   (3836 words)

As you'd expect, in the acute case, the liver swells (ouch!), ascites develops rapidly, and the patient usually dies of venous infarction of the liver unless surgery or thrombolysis are performed.
In the acute disease, the liver swells and becomes tender, jaundice often appears (mild cases are "anicteric"), and (with influx of bile into the bloodstream) the patient starts to itch and to pass brown urine (why?) Serum transaminases go sky-high, and other lab evidence of liver disease may become apparent.
Current thinking is that something first damages the liver (probably one of the viral hepatitis family, or some drug or poison, or whatever), and patients then get sensitized to their livers and start destroying them over the long haul.
www.pathguy.com /lectures/liver.htm   (11775 words)

 Liver Failure: Clinical Manifestations of Liver Disease: Merck Manual Home Edition
Liver failure may develop rapidly over days or weeks (acute liver failure) or gradually over months or years (chronic liver failure).
In chronic liver failure, the deterioration in health may be very gradual until a dramatic event, such as bleeding varices (large, tortuous veins), occurs.
Liver transplantation (see Transplantation: Liver Transplantation), if performed soon enough, can restore a person to normal health, but it is suitable for only a small number of people with liver failure.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec10/ch135/ch135h.html   (349 words)

 Liver International - Journal Information
The Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Liver International promotes all aspects of the science of hepatology from basic research to applied clinical studies.
Providing an international forum for the publication of high quality original research in hepatology, it is an essential resource for everyone working on normal and abnormal structure and function in the liver and its constituent cells, including clinicians and basic scientists involved in the multi-disciplinary field of hepatology.
www.blackwellpublishing.com /journal.asp?ref=1478-3223   (299 words)

If the liver is sluggish, excessive amounts of toxic metabolites find their way into the blood stream and can affect the function of the brain.
Shizandra is included in liver tonic preparations as it is believed it can improve the bodies digestion of fatty foods through its ability to cleanse the liver and increase the production of bile, which then functions as a digestive for cleaving the fat into fatty acids and glycerine.
Vitamin C reduces toxic damage to the liver cells from chemical overload and neutralizes free radicals generated during the phase 1 detoxification pathway in the liver.
www.cenvall.com /liver.htm   (1924 words)

 SIU SOM Histology GI
Although the liver is an exocrine gland (with bile duct leading to the intestine), the cells of the liver are NOT organized into secretory acini or tubules.
In contrast, a liver acinus encompasses the liver tissue that is served by a single terminal branch of the hepatic artery.
The cords of hepatocytes represent the parenchyma of the liver.
www.siumed.edu /~dking2/erg/liver.htm   (2087 words)

 Liver cancer
Rather than being called liver cancer, this type of cancer in the liver is named after the organ in which it began — such as metastatic colon cancer in cancer that starts in the colon and spreads to the liver.
Rather than being referred to as liver cancer, this type of cancer is usually named after the organ where it originated and is described as "metastatic." For instance, cancer that has spread to the liver from the colon is referred to as metastatic colon cancer.
Because the liver is close to a number of significant organs — including the pancreas, gallbladder, stomach, colon, breasts and lungs — and because the liver is richly supplied with blood, it's especially vulnerable to metastatic tumors.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00399.html   (5529 words)

 Liver Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Liver cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the liver.
Liver cancer is called secondary when a cancer starts in another part of the body and spreads to the liver.
Liver cancer is often caused by the spread of cancer from another part of the body.
www.cancer.med.umich.edu /learn/liver.htm   (705 words)

 Liver Support Formula -cleanse, detoxify support the liver
The activity of OGT is risen under hepatic necrosis cirrhosis of the liver or hepatic metastasis.
The liver is an organ that acts as a complex 'factory', responsible for the processing of carbohydrates (sugars), fats, proteins, and the synthesis (formation) of bile, glycogen, and serum proteins.
A unique feature of the liver is its ability to heal itself and regenerate cells, especially when supported by specific nutritional supplementation designed to detoxify the liver and support its various functions.
www.extremehealthusa.com /liver.html   (4579 words)

 Cancer Information, Research, and Treatment for all Types of Cancer | OncoLink
Cancer of the liver is a rare malignancy in the United States, but in parts of Asia and Africa, it is one of the most common malignancies.
The liver is generally tender to palpation, and jaundice and portal hypertension may be present.
Cancer of the liver spreads throughout the organ and invades the portal vein and lymphatics.
www.oncolink.upenn.edu /types/article.cfm?c=5&s=15&ss=113&id=1738   (478 words)

 Liver cancer - MayoClinic.com
Liver cancer also occurs as metastatic cancer, which happens when tumors from other parts of the body spread (metastasize) to the liver.
Rather than being called liver cancer, this type of cancer in the liver is named after the organ in which it began — such as metastatic colon cancer in cancer that starts in the colon and spreads to the liver.
Because liver cancer is rarely discovered early and is difficult to control with current treatments, the prognosis is often poor.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/liver-cancer/DS00399   (287 words)

 eMedicine - Alcoholic Fatty Liver : Article by Mohammad K Ismail, MD
Alcoholic fatty liver is an early and reversible consequence of excessive alcohol consumption.
Liver biopsy is an important component in the diagnostic evaluation in patients with suspected alcoholic liver disease.
Liver biopsy is the most sensitive and specific means of evaluating the degree of liver cell injury and hepatic fibrosis.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic99.htm   (3409 words)

 Alcoholic Liver Disease
Liver cirrhosis resulting from alcohol abuse is one of the ten leading causes of death in the United States.
In general, women who drink an equal amount of alcohol are at higher risk than men for the development of liver disease, possibly because of decreased metabolism of alcohol in the stomach prior to absorption.
The most important measure in the treatment of alcoholic liver disease is to ensure the total and immediate abstinence from alcohol.
cpmcnet.columbia.edu /dept/gi/alcohol.html   (1034 words)

 Liver Cancer News
Liver Cancer News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
Patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver are usually treated with resection of the colorectal cancer, followed by chemotherapy and then have another surgery to resect the...
Nine more patients have been refused coverage under their public health insurance after receiving liver transplants from living donors, despite being told beforehand by doctors they would be covered, it has...
www.topix.net /health/liver-cancer   (707 words)

 Liver cancer
In adults, most primary liver cancers belong to one of two types: hepatomas, or hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC), which start in the liver tissue itself; and cholangiomas, or cholangiocarcinomas, which are cancers that develop in the bile ducts inside the liver.
Treatment of liver cancer is based on several factors, including the type of cancer (primary or metastatic); stage (early or advanced); the location of other primary cancers or metastases in the patient's body; the patient's age; and other coexisting diseases, including cirrhosis.
Liver cancers are not sensitive to radiation, and radiation therapy will not prolong the patient's life.
www.lifesteps.com /gm/Atoz/ency/liver_cancer.jsp   (2661 words)

 Fatty Liver- Health Encyclopedia and Reference
Possible explanations of fatty liver include the transfer of fat from other parts of the body or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver from the intestine.
Several studies show that fatty liver is one of the most common causes of isolated minor elevation of liver enzymes found in routine blood screening.
To be certain whether a patient has fatty liver requires a liver biopsy, in which a small sample of liver tissue is obtained through the skin and analyzed under the microscope.
www.drkoop.com /encyclopedia/43/578.html   (415 words)

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