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The liver is the largest gland and organ in the body. There are a variety of liver diseases caused by liver inflammation, scarring of the liver, infection of the liver, gallstones, cancer, toxins, genetic diseases, and blood flow problems. Symptoms of liver disease generally do not occur until the liver disease is advanced. Some symptoms of liver disease include jaundice, nausea and vomiting, easy bruising, bleeding excessively, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, shortness of breath, leg swelling, impotence, and confusion. Treatment of diseases of the liver depend upon the cause.

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    • Picture of Liver Front View of the Liver. The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly. See a picture of the Liver...learn more »

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      • Stool color changes facts
      • Definition of stool color changes
      • What is the color of normal stool?
      • What are the causes of stool color changes?
      • What are symptoms of stool color changes?
      • Green stools
      • Yellow, greasy, and foul smelling stool
      • Black tarry stools
      • Bright red stools
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      • Maroon stools
      • Mucous in the stool
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      • Changes in the size and shape of stool
      • How is the cause of stool color changes evaluated?
      • When should I contact my doctor about stool color or texture changes?
      • Stool color chart
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      Swollen Ankles and Swollen Feet Article
      • Swollen ankles and swollen feet facts
      • What causes swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • Who is at risk for swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • What are the symptoms of swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • How are swollen ankles and swollen feet diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for swollen feet and swollen ankles?
      • What home remedies help sooth symptoms of swollen ankles or feet?
      • What are the complications of swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • Can swollen ankles and swollen feet be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) for swollen feet and swollen ankles?
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      Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) Article
      • Rectal bleeding (blood in stool) facts
      • What does rectal bleeding (blood in stool) mean?
      • What are causes of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
      • What diseases and conditions can cause blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
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      • Hemorrhoids
      • Diverticulitis
      • Colon cancer and polyps
      • Angiodysplasias
      • Colitis and proctitis
      • Meckel's diverticulum
      • Polypectomy
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      • How is the cause of blood in the stool (rectal bleeding) diagnosed?
      • History and physical examination
      • Anoscopy
      • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
      • Colonoscopy
      • Radionuclide scans
      • Visceral angiogram
      • Video capsule and small intestine enteroscopy
      • MRI and CT tomographic angiography
      • Nasogastric tube aspiration
      • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
      • Blood tests
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      • Can rectal bleeding (blood in the stool) be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis of rectal bleeding (blood in the stool)?
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      Abdominal Pain (Causes, Remedies, Treatment) Article
      • Abdominal pain facts
      • What is abdominal pain?
      • What causes abdominal pain?
      • When should I call my doctor about abdominal pain?
      • How is the cause of abdominal pain diagnosed?
      • Signs and symptoms associated with abdominal pain
      • Physical examination to diagnose abdominal pain
      • Exams and tests to diagnose abdominal pain
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      • Why can diagnosis of the cause of abdominal pain be difficult?
      • What are home remedies for certain causes of abdominal pain?
      • What medications can be used to treat certain causes of abdominal pain?
      • What lifestyle choices can I make to prevent abdominal pain?
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      Itching Article
      • Itch facts
      • What is an itch?
      • What are associated symptoms and signs of itching?
      • What causes itching?
      • How is the cause of itching diagnosed?
      • Should people scratch the itch?
      • What are topical itch treatments? Are there any home remedies for itching?
      • What are oral itch treatments?
      • Can itching be prevented?
      • When should the doctor be consulted for itching?
      • What are possible complications of itching?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) for itching?

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