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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 in Color, Texture, and Form Stool color changes can very from green, red, maroon, yellow, white, or black. Causes of changes of stool color can range from...learn more »
    • Liver Disease Liver disease can be cause by a variety of things including infection (hepatitis), diseases such as: gallstones, high...learn more »
    • 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 »
    • Blood in the Stool (Rectal Bleeding) Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding (hematochezia) refers to the passage of bright red blood from the anus. Common causes...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)?
      • Anal fissures
      • 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)?
    • Bilirubin (Bilirubin Test) Bilirubin is a waste product of the normal breakdown of red blood cells in the liver. Normal bilirubin levels vary from lab to...learn more »
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      Bilirubin (Bilirubin Test) Article
      • Bilirubin and blood test facts
      • What is bilirubin?
      • What are normal bilirubin levels in adults?
      • What do high bilirubin levels in adults mean?
      • What are symptoms of high bilirubin levels in adults?
      • What are the symptoms of high bilirubin levels in newborns?
      • What do high bilirubin levels in a newborn mean?
      • What are other names for bilirubin?
      • What is the treatment for elevated bilirubin in adults?
      • What is the bilirubin test?
      • How do I prepare for the bilirubin test?
      • How is the bilirubin test performed?
      • What risks are associated with the bilirubin test?
      • What is the prognosis for an adult with elevated bilirubin levels?
      • What is the prognosis for newborns?
      • Can high levels of bilirubin be prevented?
    • Ascites Ascites, the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity is most commonly caused by cirrhosis of the liver. Some of the other...learn more »
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      Ascites Article
      • Ascites Facts
      • What is ascites?
      • What causes ascites?
      • What are the types of ascites?
      • What are the risk factors for ascites?
      • What are the symptoms of ascites?
      • When should I call my doctor about ascites?
      • How is ascites diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for ascites?
      • What are the complications of ascites?
      • Can ascites be prevented?
      • What is the outlook (prognosis) for ascites?

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