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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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      Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) Article
      • Rectal bleeding (blood in stool) definition and 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
      • Rare causes of rectal bleeding
      • What kind of doctor treats rectal bleeding?
      • When should I call a doctor for blood in the stool (rectal bleeding)?
      • 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 endoscopy
      • MRI and CT tomographic angiography
      • Nasogastric tube aspiration
      • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
      • Blood tests
      • What is the treatment for rectal bleeding (blood in the stool)?
      • Can rectal bleeding (blood in the stool) be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis of rectal bleeding (blood in the stool)?
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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 does pitting edema look like (picture)?
      • What causes pitting edema?
      • Does salt intake affect edema?
      • What causes edema during pregnancy?
      • What kind of doctors treat edema?
      • Why does a person with heart disease retain fluid?
      • Why do people with liver disease develop ascites and edema?
      • Why do people with kidney disease have pitting edema?
      • What causes pitting edema by heavy loss of protein in the urine?
      • What medications treat pitting edema caused by heavy loss of protein in the urine?
      • What causes pitting edema in people with impaired kidney (renal) function?
      • What is idiopathic edema?
      • What is the treatment for idiopathic edema?
      • What is the treatment for patients with idiopathic edema who have become dependent on diuretics?
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      • Which diuretics are used to treat edema?
      • Do people taking diuretics need a diet high in potassium?
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