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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What are some common liver diseases?

What are some common liver diseases?

Many: Its a long list we can break it down into certain categories 1: toxic (alcohol) 2: infectious ( hepatitis ) 3: immune mediated ( primary biliary cirrhosis) 4: cancers there's many more. ...Read more

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Could mage4 be positive in liver diseases?

Could mage4 be positive in liver diseases?

Not likely: Melanoma associated antigen 4 is usually present in squamous cancers and melanoma, and found in testes and placenta. It is not known to be found in liver disease or liver cancer. ...Read more

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What are the ways to get tested for liver diseases?

What are the ways to get tested for liver diseases?

Several types : There a many ways.A blood test for liver functions can give evidence of a normal healthy level of things made by the liver(or not).Some blood tests reveal markers of liver injury or evidence of specific infections or defects. A ct scan can look for evidence of abcesses or change of texture &size. A biopsy requires passage of a lg needle into the liver to get a piece for special tests. ...Read more

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Which liver diseases are the most common in the us?

Which liver diseases are the most common in the us?

Depends: On type. Most commonly liver is injured by medications. Infectious wise, hepatitis. Toxic wise, alcohol. ...Read more

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Are there any liver diseases that are hard to diagnose?

Are there any liver diseases that are hard to diagnose?

Tests: Most liver disease can be suspected or diagnosed with the use of blood tests and imaging using ct scan and/or ultrasound. The exact diagnosis may require liver biopsies. In my experience liver disease is almost always diagnosed with the use of these modalities and with the skill of hepatologists. ...Read more

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Where can I find information about all the different liver diseases and complications?

Use your computer...: Our healthtap answers are limited to 400 characters, so we can't provide you the breadth or depth of knowledge you seek. Excellent sources of liver information include: textbooks, websites (like nih or aasld), or addressing your specific concerns to your physician. Doctors love to teach! ...Read more

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What are causes of encephalopathy in liver diseases?

Ammonia: Ammonia is the waste product that is normally utilized by a healthy liver. When the liver is sick, it will not process ammonia and it will poison the brain. ...Read more

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What kind of liver diseases are caused by alcohol?

What kind of liver diseases are caused by alcohol?

Cirrhosis, hepatitis: Chronic, excessive alcohol use can cause acute alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver disease and ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Liver cancer can occur as well once cirrhosis has developed. ...Read more

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For 55+ female, what are the typical physical symptoms of early/mid stage liver diseases ?

For 55+ female, what are the typical physical symptoms of early/mid stage liver diseases ?

May be none: Early liver disease most often has no obvious symptoms and is usually more of a laboratory test finding. Symptoms of fatigue, itching, jaundice, dark urine, light colored stools, certain skin vessel findings, fluid build up, confusion after eating much protein, gastrointestinal bleeding are some symptoms of late stage liver damage. ...Read more

Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

Liver diseases include genetic problems such as Wilson's disease, infection, inflammation, and cancer. The liver carries out many functions in our body including metabolizing drugs and ...Read more