is the largest organ (about the size of a football and averaging about 3.5 pounds), and has
more functions than any other human organ. A person's entire blood supply passes through the liver several times a day, and, at any given time, there is about a pint of blood there.
Alcoholic Liver Disease: The direct toxicity of alcohol to the liver cells is the main cause of the resulting liver cell damages, which leads to chronic liver diseases. Epidemiological studies found that incidence of cirrhotic liver diseases are closely related to alcohol consumption. When the alcohol enters the body, 95% of it will be metabolized in the liver. Inside the liver cells, alcohol turns to acetaldehyde, which is even more toxic to the liver than the original form of alcohol. The alcohol and its metabolites cause the liver to become inflamed. Long-term drinking causes the inflammation to become persistent and leads to fibrosis and cirrhosis. In the cirrhotic stage, many complications can happen and may even cause liver failure and death.
Fatty Liver : Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of fat in the liver cells. Although this is not a normal condition, fat in the liver usually causes no damage by itself. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmful conditions are at work.
Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of the liver. This can cause scarring and hardening of the liver. When scarring becomes extensive, it is called cirrhosis, and this is a very serious condition.
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that often produces swelling, tenderness, and at times permanent damage to the liver. There are
six different types of viral hepatitis -- A, B, C, D, E, and G -- each caused by a different virus. A seventh type, hepatitis F, is suspected but has not been confirmed. Of these, the most significant in terms of risk are hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Hepatitis A: Mainly spread by contaminated food or water, sometimes by household or sexual contact. Hepatitis A causes acute hepatitis. Symptoms typically appear two to six weeks after contact. This form does not cause chronic hepatitis and does not predispose someone to liver cancer.
Hepatitis B: Spread by contact with infected blood, intravenous drug use, sexual contact with an infected person or by an infected mother to her child at birth. Hepatitis B causes acute hepatitis in 90 percent of cases and develops into chronic hepatitis B in 10 percent of cases.
leads to liver cancer by damaging the DNA of liver cells, causing them to die. Over the course of 20 years, ongoing inflammation and cellular turnover can lead to scarring and eventually cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is thought that the HBV genes can also directly affect the liver cell, increasing the risk of developing cancer.
C: Primarily spread through contact with
infected blood and intravenous drug users, but many cases of infections cannot
be traced to a cause.Hepatitis C causes acute hepatitis in only
15 percent to 25 percent of cases, but chronic hepatitis C develops in 75
percent to 85 percent of cases. Chronic hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis -- 25
percent to 30 percent of cases -- and is a risk factor for liver cancer.
the end result of a number of liver diseases in which normal liver cells are
damaged. Damaged and dead liver cells are then replaced by scarring that
eventually leads to fibrosis, decreasing the number of normal functioning liver
cells. The scar tissue that forms disrupts the flow of blood through the liver,
interfering with its life-sustaining functions. Those diagnosed with cirrhosis
have a higher risk of developing liver cancer. Fifty percent to 70 percent of
liver cancers in the United States are associated with cirrhosis.
The disease Bilharziasis comes from a flatworm that lives
inside a freshwater snail. While this lives inside the host, it multiplies,
after it has left the host, the larva can penetrate human skin in less than 1
minute. The larva grows inside the human body, and as adult it stays in the
veins around the intestines or bladder. The larva develop into full-grown
worms in the liver and then the blood vessels. The eggs cause the most
discomfort; they can remain in the intestinal wall, causing abdominal cramps and
diarrhoea containing blood. The intestinal wall loses elasticity. Blood is
passed in the urine if the particular schistosoma lives in the blood vessels of
is an all-natural blend of herbal extracts found to protect and restore the function of your liver while balancing your immune system.
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