The liver plays an important role in many bodily functions from protein production and blood clotting to cholesterol, glucose (sugar), and iron metabolism.
A variety of illnesses can affect the liver, for example:
- certain drugs like excessive amounts of acetaminophen, and acetaminophen combination medications like Vicodin, Norco, and statins.
- alcohol abuse
- hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E
- Epstein Barr virus (infectious mononucleosis)
- non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- iron overload (hemochromatosis)
Symptoms of liver diseases include
- weakness and fatigue,
- weight loss,
- vomiting, and
- yellow discoloration of the skin
Liver disease is any disturbance of liver function that causes illness. The liver is responsible for many critical functions within body and should become diseased or injured, the loss of those functions can cause significant damage to body. Liver disease is also referred to as hepatic disease.