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Liver cancer

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Liver, Stomach conditions

(Malignant Hepatoma; Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Primary Liver Cancer)

Liver cancer – Definition

The liver is located in the right side of the abdomen. It stores and metabolizes nutrients, and filters and stores blood. Liver cancer is the growth of cancer cells in the liver.

Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably, a mass of tissue forms. This is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

Liver Cancer Due to Cirrhosis

Jaundice

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Liver, Stomach conditions

(Yellowing of Skin)

Jaundice – Definition

Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucus membranes (tissue including that which lines the mouth), and whites of the eyes.

Jaundice – Causes

Jaundice occurs when excess bilirubin builds up in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow-brown colored substance in bile. Bile is a liquid that carries waste products (including bilirubin) away from the liver. It also helps break down fats in the small intestine. It is formed during the body’s normal process of breaking down red blood cells.

Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile duct

Gilbert’s syndrome

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Liver, Stomach conditions

(Hyperbilirubinemia)

Gilbert’s syndrome – Definition

Gilbert’s syndrome is a common, benign genetic liver disorder. It causes levels of bilirubin to rise above normal levels. Bilirubin is a yellow chemical by-product of hemoglobin (the red pigment in blood cells) and is usually excreted by the liver as bile.

Gilbert’s syndrome is found in 3%-7% of the US population, affecting up to 10% of some Caucasian populations. This condition usually manifests during the teen years or in adulthood years (ages 20-30).

Cirrhosis

Written by Medicine and Health. Posted in Disease, Condition & Injury, Liver, Stomach conditions

Cirrhosis – Definition

Cirrhosis is a disease in which the liver becomes permanently damaged and the normal structure of the liver is changed. Healthy liver cells are replaced by scarred tissue. The liver is not able to do its normal functions, such as detoxifying harmful substances, purifying blood, and making vital nutrients. In addition, scarring slows down the normal flow of blood through the liver, causing blood to find alternate pathways. This may result in gastric or esophageal varices.