The Liver in Disease

As you have learned, the liver is responsible for many essential functions. Because of these activities, it is exposed to a wide variety of insults and is therefore one of the most frequently injured organs in the body. The impairment of these vital functions by hepatic disease leads to clinical manifestations that are often similar, regardless … Read more

Assessment of Liver Dysfunction

As discussed in the previous section, liver injury from a variety of causes can lead to very similar clinical symptoms, a common endpoint being hepatocyte damage and scar formation. However, a thorough history and physical examination can reveal clues to the potential etiologies of liver disease. Laboratory studies can help establish the pattern of injury, the … Read more

Liver Biopsy

Assessment of Liver Dysfunction As you have learned, the liver is responsible for many essential functions. Because of these activities, it is exposed to a wide variety of insults and is therefore one of the most frequently injured organs in the body. The impairment of these vital functions by hepatic disease leads to clinical manifestations that … Read more

The Liver – Glossary

One of the most important organs in the body, the liver is specially designed to perform many essential functions. However, its distinctive characteristics and activities render it susceptible to damage from a variety of sources, and such damage can have an enormous impact on a person’s health. Careful assessment of the nature and extent of … Read more

Pathogenesis of Alcoholic Liver Damage and New Treatment Aspects

Key Learning Objective At the end of the session, the participants will be able to: to translate new knowledge acquired in the understanding of the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver disease into better treatment Abstract It was believed before that liver disease in the alcoholic is due exclusively to malnutrition, but it is now established that … Read more

Hepatitis A Vaccine Stems Outbreaks

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease spread by the fecal-oral route through close person-to-person contact or ingestion of contaminated food or water. ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 17 PRNewswire: The use of a hepatitis A vaccine, inactivated (Havrix(R)) by public-health officials in Alaska indicates that the vaccine can halt outbreaks and prevent epidemics of hepatitis A, according … Read more

Schools Alerted to Hepatitis A

– Frozen strawberry and blueberry fruit cups served last week in 18 Los Angeles public schools may have been contaminated with the virus that causes hepatitis A, school officials said Tuesday. – The public health alert came from the U.S. Public Health Service, said Patrick Spencer, a school district spokesman. The berries were distributed by … Read more

Quick Response By State Officials Contains Hepatitis A Outbreak

Officials say today at least 14 people have contracted the usually non-fatal liver disease since late August, and in recent days a 67-year- old man has died. LANSING, Mich., April 3 — PRNewswire — Health officials in Michigan continue to address the recent outbreak of hepatitis A and its link to frozen strawberries distributed through the … Read more