Liver Disease and Failure Directory
Liver failure occurs when the liver become damaged beyond repair and is no longer able to function. It often happens gradually, over many years. The most common causes of chronic liver failure include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and long-term alcohol consumption. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of liver disease and liver failure, the signs, the diagnoses, treatment, and much more.
Fulminant Hepatitis-Topic Overview
People who have fulminant hepatitis typically develop the symptoms seen in viral hepatitis and then rapidly (within hours,days,or occasionally weeks) develop severe,often life-threatening liver failure. Symptoms of severe liver failure include confusion,extreme irritability,altered consciousness (usually leading to unconsciousness or coma),blood-clotting defects,and buildup of fluid in ...
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)-Topic Overview
What is nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)? Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is liver inflammation caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. NASH is part of a group of liver diseases, known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, in which fat builds up in the liver and sometimes causes liver damage that gets worse over time (progressive liver damage).Although the cause is not known, NASH seems to
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)-Frequently Asked Questions
There is no proven effective treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However, making lifestyle changes that decrease your risk of liver damage may help to stop the progression of the disease. In general, treatment is aimed at managing conditions that contribute to NASH or make it worse. These include obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes. If you have NASH, you should also minimize ...
Milk Thistle-Topic Overview
What is milk thistle?Milk thistle is a plant that contains silymarin, a substance that improves liver function. Originally from Europe, milk thistle now also grows in the United States.You can take milk thistle in capsules or as a tincture (combined with alcohol). It has been widely used in Europe and Germany, where it is a common complementary treatment for liver problems such as hepatitis and ..
How to Keep Your Liver Healthy
Living a healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping your liver in good shape.
Staying Healthy with HIV
How to cope with short- and long-term side effects from HIV treatment.
Viral Hepatitis: 8 Self-Defense Tips for Travelers
The risk of contracting viral hepatitis is higher for many Americans who travel abroad -- especially to regions where hepatitis is prevalent and sanitation is poor. Here are 8 tips to protect travelers.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Hepatitis
Hepatitis A, B, and C spread in very different ways, causing mild to serious effects on the liver. Pictures show hepatitis symptoms, how to avoid the disease, vaccines, and treatments.
Slideshow: Surprising Things That Hurt Your Liver
Alcohol and acetaminophen are well-known liver dangers, but what else can be harmful? Some of them may surprise you.