About liver disease
It's important to remember that if you have liver disease you might not have symptoms. It is possible to feel well even if your liver is badly damaged.
If liver disease is not diagnosed and treated then eventually it can lead to liver failure and the need for a liver transplant.
However, the liver has an amazing capacity to regenerate. If liver disease is diagnosed before severe liver damage has occurred it may be possible to cure or control the disease and reduce the risk of needing a liver transplant. This is often through medication or lifestyle changes.
Types of liver disease
Liver disease can be caused by a wide variety of factors; including auto-immune and hereditary conditions. The three most common causes of liver disease are alcohol misuse, obesity and viral hepatitis. If you could be at risk of liver disease please speak to your physician for advice.
Find out about specific liver diseases, what causes them, what treatments are available and how to find support by selecting the condition you want to know more about.
Alcohol-Related Liver Disease (ALD)
Alcohol-Related Liver Disease (ALD) is caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. Over many years this can result in serious and permanent damage to your liver.Read more
Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)
Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH) is a condition where the body's immune system attacks the liver tissue causing inflammation and damage.Read more
Cirrhosis of the liver
When the liver is damaged soft healthy liver tissue is replaced by hard scar tissue. If the liver is damaged repeatedly over a long period of time, scar tissue may take over the entire liver. This is cirrhosis.Read more
Hemochromatosis is a condition which is usually inherited, whereby a person absorbs too much iron from their diet. That iron then accumulates in the liver and other organs. This is known as iron overload. It can lead to inflammation and damage if left untreated.Read more
There are two main types of primary liver cancer (cancer that starts in the liver): Hepatoma (also called hepatocellular carcinoma) and billiary tree cancer, which includes, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) and gall bladder cancer.Read more
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a major cause of liver disease and now accounts for over 60% of liver patients in Western countries. It is characterised by a build-up of fat in the liver which can lead to chronic inflammation, fibrosis and eventually liver cirrhosis.Read more
Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC)
Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune condition which damages the bile ducts within the liver. This interrupts the flow of bile and causes it to build up in the liver, damaging the liver cells and causing inflammation. Over time the inflammation can cause fibrosis and cirrhosis.Read more
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
In Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) the bile ducts both inside and outside the liver become inflamed which can cause them to narrow. This in turn can interrupt the flow of bile and cause it to build up in the liver which then causes inflammation. Over time the inflammation can cause fibrosis and cirrhosis.Read more
Viral Hepatitis refers to inflammation in the liver caused by a virus. There are five different viruses that can cause Hepatitis, these are known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.Read more
Information for patients
There are many types of liver disease and most of them don't have any obvious symptoms until the later stages of disease. Our technology may help you to understand your condition better and make decisions about your treatment with your physician. If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with a liver condition our patient resources pages list patient groups where you can get more information and support.Find out more patient resources
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