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What to know about liver metastases

What to know about liver metastases

Liver metastases refers to when a cancer that originally formed in another part of the body spreads to the liver. Some healthcare professionals may call liver metastases “secondary liver cancer.” The cancer cells that develop in liver metastases are not cells from the liver. They are cells from the part of the body where the […]

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What to know about the GGT test

What to know about the GGT test

Doctors use the GGT test to diagnose liver problems. Doctors will measure GGT if they suspect damage to the liver or bile ducts, chronic alcohol abuse, or certain bone diseases. In the GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) test, a healthcare professional measures the levels of GGT in a sample of blood. High levels of GGT in the […]

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What is liver fibrosis?

What is liver fibrosis?

Liver fibrosis occurs when repetitive or long-lasting injury or inflammation causes excessive amounts of scar tissue to build up in the organ. Most types of chronic liver disease can eventually cause fibrosis. Unlike healthy liver cells, scar tissue cells cannot self-repair or otherwise function. As a result of this, fibrosis can reduce overall liver function […]

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How to identify a hepatitis C rash

How to identify a hepatitis C rash

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. The liver plays a role in other body systems, including the skin. As a result, hepatitis C may cause rashes and other changes in the skin. Hepatitis C can cause scarring in the liver and lead to further issues, such as liver failure. […]

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What is an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test?

What is an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test?

The liver makes several enzymes, including alanine aminotransferase, or ALT. These enzymes help break down proteins so that the body can digest them. Besides helping the liver break down proteins, ALT helps the liver perform its basic functions. Some of these include: filtering toxins from the blood storing nutrients and iron producing bile, which aids […]

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What to know about hepatitis C in men

What to know about hepatitis C in men

Men tend to experience the hepatitis C virus at higher rates than women. There are many factors that can put men at risk of contracting hepatitis C and experiencing its symptoms. However, scientists are unsure why this is the case. According to a 2014 study paper that appears in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, an […]

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What to know about the anti-smooth muscle antibody test

What to know about the anti-smooth muscle antibody test

Certain health conditions, including liver disease and hepatitis, cause the immune system to produce anti-smooth muscle antibodies. Doctors use a blood test to check for these antibodies. Anti-smooth muscle antibodies (ASMAs) attack several structural proteins in smooth muscle, affecting the liver and other tissues. The presence of ASMA in the blood indicates that a person […]