liver disease

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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Autoimmune hepatitis

What is autoimmune hepatitis? Autoimmune hepatitis is a type of autoimmune liver disease. It is caused by immune cells attacking and damaging the specialized hepatocytes in the liver. It occurs in all ages and is seen in women three to four times more often than in men. What are the symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis? The …
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Cirrhosis

What is cirrhosis? Cirrhosis is a type of medical liver disease caused¬†by scar formation in the liver. This type of scar tissue that develops in the liver is called fibrosis. Fibrosis is caused by damage that occurs in the liver over a long period of time. What are the symptoms of cirrhosis? People with cirrhosis …
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