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Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Disorders

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  • Alcoholic Hepatitis

    Alcoholic Hepatitis What is alcoholic hepatitis? Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, resulting in liver cell damage and destruction. Alcoholic hepatitis is a complex problem and is a precurso...

  • Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

    Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease What is alcohol-induced liver disease? Alcohol-induced liver disease, as the name implies, is caused by excessive consumption of alcohol and is a common, but preventable...

  • Autoimmune Hepatitis

    Autoimmune Hepatitis What is autoimmune hepatitis? Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, resulting in liver cell damage and destruction. In autoimmune hepatitis, the body's own immune system de...

  • Biliary Cirrhosis/Bile Duct Cancer

    Biliary Cirrhosis/Bile Duct Cancer What is biliary cirrhosis? Biliary cirrhosis is a rare form of liver cirrhosis caused by disease or defects of the bile ducts. Symptoms usually include cholestasis ...

  • Cholangitis

    Cholangitis What is cholangitis? Cholangitis is an inflammation of the bile duct system that is usually related to a bacterial infection. The bile duct system is the drainage system that carries bile...

  • Cholecystitis

    Cholecystitis What is cholecystitis? Cholecystitis is an inflammation of the gallbladder wall and nearby abdominal lining. Cholecystitis is usually caused by a gallstone in the cystic duct, the duct ...

  • Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis

    Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis What is chronic liver disease? Chronic liver disease is marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. Several liver diseases fall under this category: C...

  • Common Characteristics of Liver Disease

    Common Characteristics of Liver Disease What are some common liver disease symptoms? When diagnosing liver disease, the doctor looks at the patient's symptoms and conducts a physical examination. In ...

  • Common Liver Function Tests

    Common Liver Function Tests What are some of the most common liver function tests? A series of special blood tests can often determine whether or not the liver is functioning properly. These tests ca...

  • Congenital Liver Defects

    Congenital Liver Defects What are congenital liver defects? Defects of the liver at birth usually affect the bile ducts. Though rare, some congenital liver defects include: Biliary atresia. A conditi...

  • Disorders of the Biliary System

    Disorders of the Biliary System Many disorders of the biliary system require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have ...

  • Disorders of the Liver

    Disorders of the Liver Many disorders of the liver require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief o...

  • Disorders of the Pancreas

    Disorders of the Pancreas Many disorders of the pancreas require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we...

  • Drug-Induced Hepatitis

    Drug-Induced Hepatitis What is drug-induced hepatitis? Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver, resulting in liver cell damage and destruction. Drug-induced hepatitis is rare and is caused by toxi...

  • Gallstones

    Gallstones What are gallstones? Gallstones form when bile stored in the gallbladder hardens into stone-like material. Too much cholesterol, bile salts, or bilirubin (bile pigment) can cause gallstone...

  • Hepatitis

    Hepatitis Several types of hepatitis require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Autoi...

  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B Click Image to Enlarge What is hepatitis? The liver is one of the organs that helps with digestion but is not part of the digestive tract. It is the largest organ in the body and carries ...

  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C Click Image to Enlarge What is hepatitis? The liver is one of the organs that helps with digestion but is not part of the digestive tract. It is the largest organ in the body and carries ...

  • Liver Disease Statistics

    Liver Disease Statistics The following are the latest statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Liver Foundation: Cirrhosis and other chronic liver dis...

  • Liver Transplantation

    Liver Transplantation What is a liver transplant? A liver transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. The liver may come from a ...

  • Liver Tumors

    Liver Tumors What is a tumor? Tumors are abnormal masses of tissue that form when cells begin to reproduce at an increased rate. Both noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) tumors can develo...

  • Other Liver Disorders

    Other Liver Disorders What are autoimmune liver disorders? An autoimmune disorder is any reaction or attack of a person's immune system against its own organs and tissues. In the liver, the immune sy...

  • Pancreatic Cancer

    Pancreatic Cancer What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, about 44,000 new cases of pancreat...

  • Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is the inflammation and autodigestion of the pancreas. Autodigestion describes a process whereby pancreatic enzymes destroy its own tissue leading to i...

  • Pseudocysts of the Pancreas

    Pseudocysts of the Pancreas What are pseudocysts of the pancreas? Pseudocysts of the pancreas are abnormal collections of fluid, dead tissue, pancreatic enzymes, and blood that can lead to a painful ...

  • The Biliary System: Anatomy and Functions

    The Biliary System: Anatomy and Functions Anatomy of the biliary system The biliary system consists of the organs and ducts (bile ducts, gallbladder, and associated structures) that are involved in t...

  • The Liver: Anatomy and Functions

    The Liver: Anatomy and Functions Anatomy of the liver The liver is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm, and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and...

  • The Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions

    The Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions Click Image to Enlarge Anatomy of the pancreas The pancreas is an elongated, tapered organ located across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The right si...

  • Viral Hepatitis Overview

    Viral Hepatitis Overview What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver that results in liver cell damage and destruction. Click Image to Enlarge Hepatitis can be categorized in two groups...