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von Meyenburg complex

What is a von Meyenburg complex? A von Meyenburg complex is a type of non-cancerous liver tumour called a hamartoma. For this reason, another name for a von Meyenburg complex is a bile duct hamartoma. Pathologists often describe a von Meyenburg complex as a malformation to differentiate it from other kinds of tumours. von Meyenburg …
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Steatohepatitis

What is steatohepatitis? Steatohepatitis is a type of fatty liver disease. It is associated with inflammation and the build up of fat inside specialized liver cells called hepatocytes. What are the types of steatohepatitis? There are two major types of steatohepatitis: non-alcoholic and alcoholic. Alcoholic steatohepatitis occurs due to alcohol use. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis can be …
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Steatosis

What is steatosis? Steatosis is a non-cancerous type of liver disease and part of a category of diseases called fatty liver disease. In all types of fatty liver disease, fat droplets are found inside the hepatocytes. What causes steatosis? The causes of fatty liver disease include alcohol use, central obesity, diabetes, certain medications, diet, and …
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Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)

What is primary sclerosing cholangitis? Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is an autoimmune disease that damages the bile ducts inside and outside the liver. The damage is caused by immune cells that attack the bile duct cells and prevent them from working normally. PSC is frequently associated with a condition called inflammatory bowel disease (particularly ulcerative …
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Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)

What is primary biliary cholangitis? Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune disease that damages the bile ducts inside and outside of the liver. The damage is caused by immune cells that attack the bile duct cells and prevent them from working normally. PBC occurs most commonly in middle-aged to elderly women, with over 90% …
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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)

What is hepatocellular carcinoma? Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a type of liver cancer and the most common type of liver cancer in adults. Hepatocellular carcinoma starts from specialized cells called hepatocytes in the liver. People with cirrhosis or long-standing hepatitis B or C infections are at high risk for developing hepatocellular carcinoma. What are the …
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Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

What is intrahepatic cholangiocarcioma? Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is a type of bile duct cancer. It is called ‘intrahepatic’ because the tumour starts from a bile duct located inside the liver. What are the symptoms of cholangiocarcinoma? Unfortunately, most patients with cholangiocarcinoma experience very few symptoms until the tumour reaches an advanced stage and blocks the drainage …
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