Liver disease is common, affecting about 10% of Americans. Though cause and severity vary, early treatment may prevent chronic liver disease that leads to life-threatening complications. At Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers in Pembroke Pines, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Peter S. Yotseff, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating liver disease. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Liver disease, also called hepatic disease, is an umbrella term that includes various health conditions that affect the structure or function of the liver. Your liver is part of the gastrointestinal (GI) system.
Your liver makes substances that help digest food, creates protein, and removes toxins from the blood. When you have liver disease, it affects these functions.
You can develop liver disease from many causes. Some of the common causes include:
Hepatitis A, B, and C are viruses that cause liver inflammation. These viruses are a common cause of liver disease.
Hepatitis A is acute and resolves on its own. Hepatitis B and C may not cause any symptoms but can cause permanent liver damage when left undiagnosed and untreated.
You can develop liver disease from an autoimmune disease like autoimmune hepatitis or primary biliary cholangitis. Wilson’s disease and hemochromatosis are inherited conditions that cause liver disease.
People with obesity or Type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which causes excess fat accumulation in the liver.
Alcohol and certain drugs are toxic to the liver and may cause a fatty liver, leading to permanent damage if consumption continues.
You can have liver disease without having any symptoms. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of liver disease include:
If you’re having any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.
Treatment for liver disease depends on the cause. Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers customizes care for your liver disease so you get the best possible outcomes.
Treatments may include:
In severe cases, the gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers may recommend surgery to remove the diseased section of your liver. For liver failure, you need a liver transplant.
For expert liver disease care, call the Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Centers or schedule an appointment online today.