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Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Disorders

  • Alcoholic Hepatitis

    Alcoholic hepatitis is liver inflammation and damage cause by excessive alcohol consumption.

  • Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

    Alcohol-induced liver disease is caused by heavy use of alcohol. The liver’s job is to break down alcohol. If you drink more than it can process, it can become badly damaged.

  • Autoimmune Hepatitis

    Autoimmune hepatitis is when your body’s infection-fighting system (immune system) attacks your liver cells. This causes redness and swelling (inflammation) and liver damage.

  • Disorders of the Biliary System

    Detailed information on the most common disorders of the biliary system, including gallstones, cholangitis, cholecystitis, biliary cirrhosis, and biliary duct cancer

  • Biliary System: Anatomy and Functions

    Detailed anatomical description of the biliary system, including a full-color labeled illustration

  • Cholangitis

    Cholangitis is a redness and swelling (inflammation) of the bile duct system. In most cases cholangitis is caused by a bacterial infection. The infection often happens suddenly. But in some cases it may be long-term (chronic).

  • Cholecystitis

    Cholecystitis is a redness and swelling (inflammation) of the gallbladder. It happens when a digestive juice called bile gets trapped in your gallbladder.

  • Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis

    Cirrhosis is when scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue. This stops the liver from working normally. Cirrhosis is a long-term (chronic) liver disease. The damage to your liver builds up over time.

  • Common Characteristics of Liver Disease

    Detailed information on liver diseases, including the most common characteristics of liver disease, such as jaundice, cholestasis, liver enlargement, portal hypertension, esophageal varices, ascites, liver encephalopathy, and liver failure

  • Congenital Liver Defects

    Congenital liver defects are liver disorders that are present at birth. They are rare. These liver disorders usually block the bile ducts. This affects the flow of bile.

  • Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Diagnostic Procedures

    Detailed information on the most common diagnostic procedures for liver, biliary, and pancreatic disorders

  • Disorders of the Liver

    Detailed information on disorders of the liver, including alcohol-induced liver disease, chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, congenital defects, hepatitis, liver tumors, and liver transplantation

  • Drug-Induced Hepatitis

    Drug-induced hepatitis is a redness and swelling (inflammation) of the liver that is caused by a harmful (toxic) amount of certain medicines.

  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis is a redness and swelling (inflammation) of the liver. It sometimes causes permanent liver damage.

  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is a redness and swelling (inflammation) of the liver that sometimes causes lasting damage. The liver isn’t able to work the way it should.

  • Hepatitis

    Detailed information on the different types of hepatitis, including viral hepatitis, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c

  • Home Page - Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Disorders

    Detailed information on liver, biliary, and pancreatic disorders

  • Liver: Anatomy and Functions

    Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

  • Liver Transplantation

    Detailed information on liver transplantation, including donor lists, organ rejection, details of the procedure, and long-term outlook following a liver transplant

  • Online Resources - Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Disorders

    List of online resources to find additional information on liver, biliary, and pancreatic disorders

  • Other Liver Disorders

    Detailed information on autoimmune and metabolic liver disorders, including hemochromatosis (iron overload disease) and Wilson disease

  • Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis is the redness and swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas. This happens when digestive juices or enzymes attack the pancreas.

  • Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions

    Detailed anatomical description of human pancreas, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst

    A pancreatic pseudocyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms in your belly. It may also contain pancreatic tissue, digestive juices (enzymes), and blood.

  • Common Liver Tests

    Detailed information on the most common liver function tests, including serum bilirubin test, serum albumin test, serum alkaline phosphatase test, serum aminotransferases, prothrombin time test, alanine transaminase test, aspartate transaminase test, gamm

  • Disorders of the Pancreas

    Detailed information on pancreas disorders, including pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

  • Pancreatic Cancer: Introduction

    Learn the basics of pancreatic cancer, including the types of cancer in the pancreas.

  • Gallstones

    Gallstones are lumps of solid material that form in your gallbladder. They are made when the digestive juice called bile gets hard and stone-like. Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. Your gallbladder may form 1 large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or both sizes at the same time.

  • Viral Hepatitis Overview

    Detailed information on the different types of hepatitis, including viral hepatitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C

  • Acute Liver Failure

    Acute liver failure is when your liver suddenly begins to lose its ability to function. This often happens right after an overdose of medication or poisoning.

  • Pancreas Transplantation

    Pancreas transplantation is a type of surgery in which you receive a healthy donor pancreas. It is a choice for some people with type 1 diabetes.

  • Acute Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. It can be caused by gallstones, alcohol consumption, and certain medications, among other causes.

  • Annular Pancreas

    The term annular pancreas means that a ring of excess pancreatic tissue encases the first part of your small intestine. Your pancreas can still function with this irregularity, but the excess tissue can cause a number of symptoms. It can also disrupt your digestive process and other bodily functions.

  • Chronic Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis is an inflamed, swollen and irritated. If you don't recover from an acute pancreatitis attack, the inflammation gets gradually worse, you have chronic pancreatitis.

  • Gallstone Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis is a disease that causes inflammation and pain in your pancreas, the small organ that produces fluids and enzymes to break down food. This is part of the digestive process. When a gallstone blocking your pancreatic duct causes pancreatitis, it’s known as gallstone pancreatitis.

  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

    Fatty liver disease means that you have fat deposits inside your liver. These deposits may keep your liver from doing a good job of removing toxins from your blood.

  • Portal Hypertension

    Portal hypertension is high blood pressure of the portal vein, which is in your abdomen. It collects nutrient-rich blood from your intestines and carries it to the liver for cleaning.

  • The Digestive Process: The Liver and its Many Functions

    The liver is the largest organ in your body. At about 3 pounds and about the size of a football, it performs many functions essential for good health and a long life.

  • The Digestive Process: What Is the Role of Your Pancreas in Digestion?

    Your pancreas plays a significant role in digestion. It is located inside your abdomen, just behind your stomach, and it is about the size of your hand.

  • Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor

    A pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor is a type of cancer that forms tumors in the pancreas.