What are the main diseases and destructors of the liver?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the main liver diseases we see is hepatitis-an inflammation of the liver, which is mainly caused by viruses (but it can also be caused by autoimmune conditions, genetics, some poisons).

Hepatitis A is often in the news from bad food-i.e. a preparer who didn't wash hands properly can poison food with the Hepatitis A virus. And Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can be spread through sexual contact and IV drug use, with C being the virus more likely to transition to a chronic infection and cause cirrhosis, which is when scar tissue forms in the liver and replaces dead liver cells.

Too much alcohol is a common cause of cirrhosis, but contact with other liver toxins can also kill off liver cells to cause cirrhosis. And your liver is also susceptible to cancer, though cancer in the liver often occurs when it spreads from a primary source in another organ like the colon.
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