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Liver disease is becoming ever more important and deaths from liver disease are rising across the world. While deaths in the UK from cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes and are all falling, liver disease deaths have increased by 12% from 2005 to 2008.
The three major aetiologies contributing to this burgeoning epidemic of liver failure are non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. A lesser but still important contribution comes from autoimmune liver diseases, which are also increasing in prevalence. An accurate estimate of the full extent of liver disease is not available, primarily because of a lack of good diagnostic tests.