According to a recent study (Hepatology, Oct. 3, 2016), the number of hospitalizations for cirrhosis of the liver nearly doubled from 371,000 in 2001 to 659,000 in 2011. Cirrhosis causes healthy tissue to be gradually replaced by scar tissue that impedes blood flow through the liver, impacting liver function and
Patrick Swayze. Steve Jobs. Luciano Pavarotti. Michael Landon. They’re just a few of the public figures who have succumbed to pancreatic cancer. In the vast majority of people it touches—rich or poor, famous or anonymous—pancreatic cancer causes death. In fact, while mortality rates for many other cancers are declining, deaths
The liver doesn’t actually contain nerves, so the organ itself can’t feel pain. Even so, the sensation of liver pain can occur because the layer of tissue that surrounds the organ—it’s called Glisson’s Capsule—does contain nerves. Any diseases affecting the liver that increase its size can result in what feels
Worried about your gallbladder and gallstones? It helps to understand how the gallbladder operates.
A small, pear-shaped pouch beneath the liver, the gallbladder plays an essential role in maintaining a smooth and healthy digestion. Here’s how it works. First, the liver produces bile (a combination of water, acid, cholesterol, bilirubin,
In the cardiology world, high blood pressure has been dubbed “the silent killer” because it produces no obvious symptoms as it damages the heart, kidneys, and other areas of the body. In the oncology world, that same label could apply to pancreatic cancer. Symptoms may not show up until a
Weighing in at about three pounds, your liver is the body’s second largest organ behind the skin. It is also one of our hardest-working organs. Some of its major jobs include breaking down fat in preparation for digestion and absorption, and processing blood that leaves the stomach and intestines.
Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located on the right side of your abdomen beneath your liver. Your gallbladder stores bile that is produced by your liver. When you consume foods that contain fat, your gallbladder releases bile into ducts (tubes) that carry the bile to your small intestine,
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 75 percent of the people who have chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are of the baby boomer generation (born between 1945-1965). Most people with HCV feel fine, even though the virus may be slowly damaging the liver.
“Many believe they cannot
If you’ve been experiencing a nagging abdominal pain that seems to worsen after eating, it might not be a stomach upset—it might actually be pancreas pain. If pancreatitis is at the root of your pain, it can manifest acutely, or as a chronic illness.
Acute pancreatitis is most likely due
With advances in treatment and early detection, the incidence and death rates of nearly all of the most common cancers in the United States are on the decline, according to a recent report. However, liver cancer is bucking the positive trend, as rates of this disease continue to climb. The