Liver disease - resources

Resources - liver disease

The following organizations are good resources for information on liver disease:

  • American Liver Foundation --
  • Children's Liver Association for Support Services (C.L.A.S.S.) --
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases --
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention --
Cirrhosis of the liver

A chronic liver disease which causes damage to liver tissue, scarring of the liver (fibrosis; nodular regeneration), progressive decrease in liver function, excessive fluid in the abdomen (ascites), bleeding disorders (coagulopathy), increased pressure in the blood vessels (portal hypertension), and brain function disorders (hepatic encephalopathy). Excessive alcohol use is the leading cause of cirrhosis.