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Alagille Syndrome
Describes Alagille syndrome, a rare, inherited disorder that affects the liver. Covers the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term outlook.
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Autoimmune Hepatitis
Provides information about the triggers, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of autoimmune hepatitis.
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Biliary Atresia
Describes biliary atresia, a rare, life-threatening disease that damages the liver in newborns. Discusses symptoms and diagnosis. Describes the Kasai procedure––the most recognized surgical treatment for the disease.
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Cirrhosis
Provides information about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and treatment of cirrhosis.
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Cirrosis
Ofrece información sobre las causas, los síntomas, las complicaciones, el diagnóstico y el tratamiento de la cirrosis. Incluye una lista de recursos adicionales.
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Drug Information (from MedlinePlus)

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ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Chloangiopancreatography)
Provides general information about ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). Describes the purpose of the test, how patients can prepare for it, and what patients can expect during and after the procedure.
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CPRE (colangiopancreatografía retrógrada endoscópica) (ERCP [Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography])
Ofrece información general sobre CPRE. Describe el objetivo de la prueba, cómo se pueden preparar los pacientes para someterse a ella, y lo que los pacientes pueden esperar durante y después del procedimiento.
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Hemochromatosis
Provides information about the causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and screening for hemochromatosis. Includes a list of additional resources.
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Hepatitis B: What Asian and Pacific Islander Americans Need to Know
Defines hepatitis B and lists its symptoms, modes of transmission, and risk factors. Explains why Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and other foreign-born Americans are at higher risk for chronic hepatitis B. Describes how to protect against hepatitis B.
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Liver Biopsy
Provides general information about liver biopsy. Describes the purpose of the test, how patients can prepare for it, and what patients can expect during and after the procedure.
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Biopsia del hígado
Proporciona información sobre la biopsia del hígado. Describe el propósito de la prueba, como los pacientes se pueden preparar para ella y que pueden esperar los pacientes durante y después del procedimiento.
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Liver Transplantation
Describes what liver transplantation is and why it might be needed. Explains the national transplant waiting list, the scoring systems used to rank transplant candidates by urgency of need, and the procedure for matching candidates with donor livers. Discusses liver transplant surgery, possible complications of the surgery, and rejection and its treatment.
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Porphyria
Reviews the group of disorders known as the porphyrias, which affect the skin or nervous system, or both. Discusses the types, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of porphyria.
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Primary Bilary Cirrhosis (PBC)
Explains the possible causes of primary biliary cirrhosis. Describes symptoms, complications, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
Reviews primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that damages and blocks bile ducts and can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. Discusses the causes, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.
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Smoking and the Digestive System
Describes how smoking affects various parts of the digestive system.
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Vaccinations for hepatitis A and B
These charts from the Immunization Action Coalition offer a summary of vaccines given to adults—people ages 19 and older. The charts include information about who should be immunized against hepatitis A and B, when the vaccines should be given, and contraindications and precautions surrounding each vaccine. The charts are titled Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization and include facts about 11 vaccines.
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Viral Hepatitis A through E and Beyond
Provides information on the symptoms, modes of transmission, at-risk populations, prevention, and treatment of hepatitis A through E. Includes a list of additional resources.
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What I need to know about Cirrhosis
Describes the causes, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and treatment available for cirrhosis. Discusses lifestyle changes for slowing or stopping liver disease before it progresses to cirrhosis.
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Lo que usted debe saber sobre la cirrosis
Describe las causas, síntomas, procedimientos de diagnóstico y tratamientos disponibles para la cirrosis. Explica los cambios en el estilo de vida para retrasar o detener la enfermedad del hígado antes que se convierta en cirrosis.
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What I need to know about Hepatitis A
Explains the risk factors, modes of transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Hepatitis A.
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Lo que usted debe saber sobre la hepatitis A
Explica los factores de riesgo, modos de transmisión, síntomas, diagnósticos, tratamientos y la prevención de la hepatitis A.
Versión PDF (1,486 KB) *

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What I need to know about Hepatitis B
Explains the risk factors, modes of transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of hepatitis B.
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Lo que usted debe saber sobre la hepatitis B
Explica los factores de riesgo, modos de transmisión, síntomas, diagnóstico, tratamiento y prevención de la hepatitis B.
Versión PDF (1,290 KB) *

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What I need to know about Hepatitis C
Explains the prevention, causes, symptoms, modes of transmission, and treatment of hepatitis C.
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En Español
Lo que usted debe saber sobre la hepatitis C
Explica los factores de riesgo, modos de transmisión, síntomas, diagnósticos, tratamientos y la prevención de la hepatitis C.
Versión PDF (1,966 KB) *

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What I need to know about Liver Transplantation
Discusses the signs of liver problems, reasons for liver transplantation, the transplant waiting list and donor livers. Describes the surgery, recovery, and prevention of rejection and provides a list of sources for more information.
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Wilson Disease
Describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Wilson disease, a genetic disorder that prevents the body from getting rid of extra copper.
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Page last updated May 7, 2014


The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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