Liver disease refers to a range of medical conditions that affect the liver, an organ responsible for many vital functions in the body. The vital function performed by the liver is filtration of toxins from the blood, production of bile that helps in digestion, and storge of nutrients. There are many types of liver disease, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Causes of liver disease can include viruses, alcohol abuse, genetics, autoimmune disorders, and medications. Symptoms of liver disease can include fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, and swelling in the legs and abdomen.
Treatment for liver disease depends on the underlying cause and can range from lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet, to medications and surgery. In some cases, liver transplantation may be necessary. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent or slow the progression of liver disease and improve overall health outcomes.