Liver disease 

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Liver disease

Alcoholic liver disease is a range of conditions and associated symptoms that develop when the liver becomes damaged due to alcohol misuse. In this video, consultant hepatologist Mark Wright talks about how avoiding alcohol can help those with the condition.

Media last reviewed: 19/07/2014

Next review due: 19/07/2016

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There are over 100 types of liver disease, which together affect at least 2 million people in the UK.

If you're looking for information on a particular type of liver disease, follow the links below. We have detailed information and advice for people with:

  • alcohol-related liver disease, where the liver is damaged after years of alcohol misuse, which can lead to cirrhosis (permanent scarring of the liver)
  • non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is a build-up of fat within liver cells, usually seen in people who are overweight or obese
  • hepatitis, which is inflammation (swelling) of the liver caused by a viral infection or exposure to harmful substances such as alcohol
  • haemochromatosis, which is an inherited disorder that causes iron to slowly build up in the body and be deposited, usually around the liver
  • primary biliary cirrhosis, which is a rare, long-lasting type of liver disease caused by the immune system that damages the bile ducts  

We are continuously adding information to the site and will update this list as new liver diseases are added.

Page last reviewed: 05/11/2012

Next review due: 05/11/2014


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