Liver and Kidney Specialist Non-Invasive Diagnosis and Therapy
The liver is an organ only found in vertebrates which detoxifies various metabolites, synthesizes proteins and produces biochemicals necessary for digestion. In humans, it is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, below the diaphragm. Its other roles in metabolism include the regulation of glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells and the production of hormones. The liver is an accessory digestive organ that produces bile, an alkaline compound which helps the breakdown of fat. Bile aids in digestion via the emulsification of lipids.
Most common types of conditions that damages the liver and prevents it from functioning well are
- Hepatitis A - A highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
- Hepatitis B - A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily preventable by a vaccine.
- Hepatitis C - An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
- Hepatitis D & Hepatitis E (not so common)
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease - The accumulation of liver fat in people who drink little or no alcohol.
- Cirrhosis of the liver - Chronic liver damage from a variety of causes leading to scarring and liver failure.
- Alcoholic hepatitis - Liver inflammation caused by drinking too much alcohol.
- Hemochromatosis - An inherited condition caused by excessive absorption of iron,
- leading to high blood iron levels and iron deposits in multiple joints.
- Diseases caused by viruses, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D and hepatitis E. Diseases caused by drugs, poisons, or too much alcohol. Examples include fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. Liver cancer. Inherited diseases, such as hemochromatosis and Wilson disease.
- Liver health is vital for overall health. Liver dysfunction can lead to liver disease, metabolic disorder, and even type 2 diabetes.