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An adult liver is about the size of a football, and is located under the right part of your lower rib cage. It is a critical organ, enabling digestion and ridding the body of toxins.
Some liver diseases are inherited, and others are caused by viruses and chemicals. Your body can manage some on its own, while others must be treated and may have serious complications.
Symptoms of liver disease include:
See your Wellstar physician if you have any of these symptoms persistently. If you have severe abdominal pain, seek immediate medical attention.
Causes of liver disease are many, but they include overuse of alcohol, viral infections like hepatitis, toxins, and parasites. Risk factors include:
Tests for liver disease may include:
Treatment for liver disease depends on diagnosis. Some problems need no treatment. Some can be treated with drugs, and some require surgery.