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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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    • Cirrhosis (Liver) Cirrhosis of the liver refers to a disease in which normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue caused by alcohol and viral...learn more »
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      Cirrhosis (Liver) Article
      • Cirrhosis facts
      • What is cirrhosis?
      • Why does cirrhosis cause problems?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of cirrhosis?
      • What are the complications of cirrhosis?
      • What are the common causes of cirrhosis?
      • How is cirrhosis diagnosed and evaluated?
      • How is cirrhosis treated?
      • What is new and in the future for cirrhosis?
    • Liver Disease Liver disease can be cause by a variety of things including infection (hepatitis), diseases such as gallstones, high cholesterol...learn more »
    • Itching Itching can be a common problem. Itches can be localized or generalized. There are many causes of itching to include: infection...learn more »
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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 I 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?
    • Stool Color Changes Stool color changes can very from green, red, maroon, yellow, white, or black. Causes of changes of stool color can range from...learn more »
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      Stool Color Changes Article
      • Definition of stool color changes
      • What are the symptoms of stool color changes?
      • Green stools
      • Yellow, greasy, and foul smelling stool
      • Black tarry stools
      • Light-colored white or clay-colored stools
      • Bright red stools
      • Maroon stools
      • Mucous in the stool
      • Stool that floats
      • Changes in the size and shape of stool
      • When should I contact my doctor about stool color or texture changes?
      • Stool color chart
    • Edema Edema is the swelling of tissues as a result of excess water accumulations. Peripheral edema occurs in the feet and legs. There...learn more »
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      Edema Article
      • Edema facts
      • What is edema?
      • What is pitting edema and how does it differ from non-pitting edema?
      • What causes pitting edema?
      • How does salt intake affect edema?
      • Why does a patient with heart disease retain fluid?
      • Why do patients with liver disease develop ascites and edema?
      • Why does edema occur in patients with kidney disease?
      • What is idiopathic edema?
      • How does venous insufficiency cause edema?
      • Which diuretics are used to treat edema?
      • Are diuretics used for other purposes?
    • Gallstones Gallstones are stones that form when substances in the bile harden. Gallstones (formed in the gallbladder) can be as small as a...learn more »
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      Gallstones Article
      • Gallstones facts
      • What are gallstones?
      • What causes gallstones?
      • Who is at risk for gallstones?
      • What are the symptoms of gallstones?
      • What are the complications of gallstones?
      • What is the relationship of gallbladder sludge to gallstones?
      • How are gallstones diagnosed?
      • What are the potential pitfalls of diagnosing gallstones?
      • How are gallstones treated?
      • Can gallstones be prevented?
      • Can symptoms continue after gallstones are removed?
      • What is new with gallstones?

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