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Can liver disease be inherited?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Several liver diseases can be inherited, such as hereditary hemochromatosis, Wilson's disease, alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, and cystic fibrosis. People who have a family history of inherited liver diseases should speak to a doctor. Genetic testing and genetic counseling also are available. The counselor can describe the risks and treatability associated with each inherited disease and provide information that can be helpful for family planning.

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