Your Liver

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The liver is a resilient organ that’s easy to ignore – until something goes wrong. Because of its wide-ranging responsibilities, your healthy liver can come under attack by viruses, toxic substances, contaminants and diseases. However, even when under siege, the liver is very slow to complain. People who have problems […]

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials

A clinical trial is a research study that tests new ways to prevent, detect, treat, or manage various health conditions and diseases. The treatment may be a pharmaceutical drug, genetic therapy, natural health product, medical device, psychotherapy, or even a lifestyle and preventive care intervention. A clinical trial helps answer […]

Living Donor

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The long waiting time for a liver transplant and the progression of the liver disease that occurs during this period has motivated many families to consider living donation. It should be noted, however, that not all candidates are suited for this option. Liver transplant centres match donors with recipients based […]

Liver Transplantation

For most people, a liver transplant is a life-saving operation. This operation involves replacing a diseased and poorly functioning liver with a healthy donated liver. A recipient may receive either an entire liver or a portion of a healthy liver. Liver transplantation has become a well-recognized treatment option for people […]

Primary Biliary Cholangitis

Formerly known as Primary biliary cirrhosis, PBC is a disease that affects predominantly women aged 40-60. Thanks to improvements in our ability to treat and manage PBC, less than 50 percent of patients progress to cirrhosis. Because of this fact and the issue of ‘cirrhosis’ often being connected solely to […]


Cirrhosis is a condition (not a disease) that results from permanent damage or scarring of the liver. There are many things that can cause damage to the liver, such as too much fat or alcohol, as well as conditions related to infections, genes, and the immune system. This affects the liver from performing […]

Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)

Bile duct cancer is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the bile ducts. Bile duct cancer is also called cholangiocarcinoma. A network of tubes, called ducts, connects the liver, gallbladder, and small intestine. This network begins in the liver where many small ducts collect bile (a fluid made by the liver […]

Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the liver. The best way to describe this disease is to break the term down into its composite words. Autoimmune refers to the body’s own immune system attacking another part of the body. Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver, […]