The liver is an organ situated in our abdomens responsible for over 500 known functions in addition to the excretion of bile and the regulation of most substances in our blood. Other functions specialists have discovered to date include the regulation of blood clotting, the production of proteins for blood plasma, the conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage, and much, much more.
The liver is a dark reddish-brown color and shaped like a cone; it’s found in our abdominal cavity’s upper right portion below the diaphragm and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines. At any given time, our liver has about 13 percent of our blood supply flowing through it.
That said, if you develop a liver condition, the complications can be dire. One such condition is known as cirrhosis, which about 1 in 400 adults in the US suffer from.
Liver cirrhosis is the manifestation of late stage scarring, or fibrosis, of the liver. It finds its origin in various different types of other liver conditions and diseases, such as:
- Chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B, C, or D)
- Chronic alcohol abuse
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Hemochromatosis, or the buildup of iron in the body
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Wilson’s disease, which causes the accumulation of copper in the liver
- Biliary atresia, or poorly formed bile ducts
- Alagille syndrome, or genetic digestive disorder
- Galactosemia, or glycogen storage disease
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Infections, including brucellosis or syphilis
- Primary biliary cirrhosis, which causes the destruction of the bile ducts
- Medications, such as isoniazid and methotrexate
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis, or the scarring or hardening of the bile ducts
The Ezra abdominal, torso, and full-body scanning options may be able to tell whether you have liver cirrhosis. If you’d like to learn more, you may do so at the following link.