National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Liver Diseases is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Your liver is the largest organ inside your body. It filters harmful substances from the blood, makes substances that digest food, and changes food into energy.
There are many kinds of liver diseases. Viruses cause some of them, like hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Others can be the result of drugs, poisons or drinking too much alcohol. If the liver forms scar tissue because of an illness, it's called cirrhosis. Jaundice, or yellowing ofthe skin, can be one sign of liver disease.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)