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Liver disease

Definition

The term "liver disease" applies to many conditions that stop the liver from working or prevent it from functioning well. 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. Goldman's 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: 
8/11/2014
Reviewed By: 
Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, Aria Health System, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.