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Liver disease

Definition

The term "liver disease" applies to many diseases and disorders that cause the liver to function improperly or stop functioning. Abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), or abnormal results of liver function tests suggest you have liver disease.

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References

Martin P. Approach to the patient with liver disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2011:chap 148.

Hepatobiliary Disease 

Hepatobiliary disease refers to a disorder of the liver and/or bile tract. Patients with this type of condition can be seen by hepatologists, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and interventional radiologists who evaluate and treat patients for benign and malignant liver conditions. Hepatobiliary diseases include:

  • Hepatitis
  • Primary and metastatic liver tumors
  • Cystic disease of the liver
  • Gall bladder and bile duct tumors
  • Biliary stricture and injuries
  • Other diseases of the liver
  • Benign liver masses

There are a full range of minimally invasive procedures and traditional services available to treat liver and bile tract conditions.

Review Date: 
9/2/2012
Reviewed By: 
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.