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Liver disease causes (fatty liver, cirrhosis, hepatitis, and infections)

Many diseases may affect the liver directly or as a consequence of an illness or disease that begins in another organ.

Fatty liver disease

  • Fatty liver disease, caused by accumulation of cholesterol and triglycerides within the liver is not associated with alcohol abuse. Fatty liver disease is also referred to as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).


  • Cirrhosis of the liver describes a condition of scarring in the liver that is not reversible and may lead to liver failure.
  • Alcohol abuse causes cirrhosis of the liver and is the most common cause of liver disease in North America.


Hepatitis is an infection of the liver that causes liver inflammation.

  • Hepatitis A is often spread by poor sanitary habits including poor handwashing and may be transmitted by food handlers. It tends to be self-limited.
  • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are spread by contact with infected body fluids.
  • Hepatitis D is spread in conjunction with hepatitis B and needs the B virus for it to survive in the body and cause liver damage.
  • Hepatitis E is a food or water borne infection.
  • There are vaccinations available to prevent hepatitis A and hepatitis B.


Infections may affect the liver, including:

  • Epstein Barr virus that causes infectious mononucleosis
  • Adenovirus
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
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Comment from: nanny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, I had a bowel resection then, colon cancer stage was 4, with 6 out of 12 lymph nodes metastatic. In July of 2013, there was metastasis to liver and I had liver resection with 1/3 of right lobe removed. Oh yes, following my bowel surgery the doctor tried 5 different chemotherapy treatments, all of which made me deathly ill, so he stopped them. It gave me neuropathy of hands and feet, which seems to worsen with time. I did well till 2014 after recovering from that horrible liver surgery, but now there is a metastatic area along the left ridge of my liver. I have declined chemotherapy or surgery. My plan of action is a drastic change in my diet, which I should have done long ago, no sugar or very, very small amount, no red meat, mostly fresh or dried fruit, and fresh green vegetables, occasionally other vegetables, steel-cut oatmeal and occasional carb. Doctor started me on dexamethasone 4 mg once a day for 10 days. I will see him in 2 weeks to evaluate.

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