Liver resection is a surgical procedure in which a portion of the liver is removed. The operation is generally performed to remove various types of tumors that are located in the liver. The goal of liver resection is to remove the tumor(s) and the surrounding liver tissue without leaving any tumor tissue behind. Read more: What Is Liver Resection? Article
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Cirrhosis of the liver refers to a disease in which normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue caused by alcohol and viral hepatitis B and C. This disease leads to abnormalities in the liver's ability to handle toxins and blood flow, causing internal bleeding, kidney failure, mental confusion, coma, body fluid accumulation, and frequent infections. Symptoms include yellowing of the skin (jaundice), itching, and fatigue. The prognosis is good for some people with cirrhosis of the liver, and the survival can be up to 12 years; however the life expectancy is about 6 months to 2 years for people with severe cirrhosis with major complications.
Liver (Anatomy and Function)
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 depends on the cause.
Liver cancer is cancer of the liver cells (hepatocellular carcinoma) or of the ducts in the liver (cholangiocarcinoma). Liver cancer often arises due to liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring) caused by alcohol use/abuse, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. Liver cancer may not cause any symptoms. Liver cancer is diagnosed with blood tests, imaging tests, and a liver biopsy. Treatment for liver cancer may include surgery, ablation, embolization, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
The Digestion Process (Parts, Organs, and Functions)
Digestion is the complex process of turning the food you eat into the energy you need to survive. The digestive process also involves creating waste to be eliminated, and is made of a series of muscles that coordinate the movement of food. Learn more about digestion and the body parts that make it possible, including the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.
Hepatic hemangiomas are referred to as tumors, however, they not malignant and do not become cancerous. Hemangiomas can occur in the liver, however, they can also occur other places in the body. Symptoms are rare, however, they may cause pain, nausea, or enlargement of the liver. CT scan or MRI is generally used to diagnose hepatic hemangiomas Most hepatic hemangiomas do not require treatment.
What Are the Warning Signs of Liver Cancer?
Symptoms are hardly seen in the initial stages. As the tumor size increases, it may cause pain in the right side of the abdomen. Some patients may have worsening symptoms of chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, which often precedes the development of cancer of the liver.
Liver Cancer (Hepatocellular Cancer) Prevention
Avoiding certain risk factors (such as hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis, and aflatoxin) can lower one's risk of developing liver cancer. Getting the hepatitis B vaccine is a protective factor against liver cancer.
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Treatment & Diagnosis
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- How Is a Transjugular Liver Biopsy Done?
- Questions To Ask Before Surgery
- What Is the Pringle Maneuver Procedure?
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the Liver
- Proton Beam Therapy of Liver
- What Is the Omentum?
- What Can a Liver Biopsy Diagnose?
- Liver Transplant
- Percutaneous Ethanol (Alcohol) Injection of Liver
- Arterial Chemotherapy Infusion & Chemoembolization of Liver
- What Is Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumors?
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