Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Find Liver Disease Support and Resources?

How is Liver Disease Diagnosed?

Diagnosing liver disease may involve liver function tests, a liver biopsy and more advanced forms of imaging. Read more.

What is Viral Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. It can cause liver damage, affecting its vital functions. It is often caused by various forms of hepatitis viruses; the most common in the U.S. are hepatitis A, B, and C. People can also get inflammation of the liver from heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and some medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. Learn more about the different types of Hepatitis: 

What is Fatty Liver Disease (now called Steatotic Liver Disease)?

Fatty liver disease (now called Steatotic Liver Disease) is a condition in which excess fat is stored inside liver cells, making it harder for the liver to function. One cause of fat buildup in the liver is heavy alcohol use, referred to as alcoholic fatty liver disease (now called Met-ALD). This is a common, but preventable disease and is the earliest stage of alcohol-related liver disease. Read more about the different stages of alcohol-related liver disease.

When the buildup of fat in the liver is not related to significant alcohol consumption, the condition is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Please note that NAFLD has been newly renamed metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD).

What Should I Know About Liver Transplantation?

Liver transplantation is a surgical procedure performed to remove a diseased or injured liver from one person and replace it with a whole or a portion of a healthy liver from another person, called the donor.

Where can I find a clinical trial?

Helpful resources to find a clinical trial can be found:

Is There a Special Diet for Liver Disease?

Eating well is a great lifestyle change that can help your liver function at its fullest potential. Making changes in your diet include limiting fats and sugars while increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Learn more about:

Last updated on February 13th, 2024 at 11:13 am

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