If my baby is jaundiced, does it mean he/she has liver disease? Jaundice develops when blood contains an excess of bilirubin — a pigment produced during the normal breakdown of red blood cells. Many babies have “newborn jaundice” lasting three to five days after birth because the liver is not […]
A liver transplant is a life-preserving operation that replaces a diseased and poorly functioning liver with either a whole or portion of a healthy donated liver. Liver transplantation has become a well-recognized treatment option for people with liver failure. Donor livers come from individuals who have been declared brain dead, […]
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), formerly known as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic liver disease. When a person has PBC, the immune system attacks the liver causing slow, progressive damage to the small tubes through which bile flows out of the liver known as bile ducts. Bile is a yellow-green […]
Fat in the liver typically develops when a person consumes more fat and sugars than his or her body can handle. This is more common in people who are overweight or obese, but can also occur in adults with healthy body weights. If the fat builds up to more than […]
Healthy Living with Viral Hepatitis is a practical guide for people infected with the hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus. It also includes information on the hepatitis A virus. Whether you have recently been diagnosed, have been infected with, or affected by one of these diseases for a long time, […]
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It was called non-A non-B hepatitis for most of the 1970s and 1980s until the hepatitis C virus was first identified in 1989. Hepatitis C is spread through blood-to-blood contact.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The time when you first get infected with hepatitis B is called acute infection. Fewer than 5% of adults who get acute hepatitis B develop chronic hepatitis and about 1% of adults develop liver failure.
Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) can occur as a result of either acute liver failure or chronic liver disease. The information provided in this brochure explains HE in adults and is intended to help individuals who suffer from HE as well as their caregivers. It is important to note that children can […]