What is Chronic Liver Disease?
Chronic liver disease is not a condition in and of itself, but rather a term that refers to progressive deterioration of the liver that has been brought about by one (or more) underlying conditions. Chronic liver deterioration is typically classified as either cirrhosis or fibrosis, although both can exist at the same time. This deterioration can be caused by a number of distinct conditions, such as:
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Chronic hepatitis (B and C)
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Wilson’s disease
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Liver Disease?
The symptoms of chronic liver disease can vary significantly according to the specific condition at hand and the age and overall health of the affected person. A few of the most common symptoms of liver deterioration include weight loss, weakness, vomiting up blood, loss of appetite and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), but several other conditions can also cause these problems. You should promptly speak with your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.
If you’re diagnosed with chronic liver disease, you may be able to manage your condition with medications, lifestyle modifications and medical monitoring, depending on the specific disease. However, some diagnoses will eventually require surgery – or possibly even a liver transplant.
Our Approach to Chronic Liver Disease Treatment
Tampa General Hospital’s Liver Disease and Hepatology Program excels in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of chronic liver diseases, including liver transplantation via TGH’s Transplant Institute with some of the shortest wait times in the country. As a high-volume hospital renowned for its advanced approach to organ care, TGH has specialists who possess a unique level of experience treating even the rarest and most complex cases of chronic liver disease. It is this experience, combined with our leading-edge diagnostic and treatment technologies, that allows our specialists to achieve more world-class outcomes for patients compared to other centers. TGH doesn’t simply practice medicine, we define it.
To schedule an appointment with a physician, use our convenient Physician Finder tool. If you’d like to learn more about our chronic liver disease treatment options, contact TGH’s Liver Disease and Hepatology Program at 1-800-505-7769. We don’t require referrals – though your physician, another hospital or a gastroenterologist can refer you – and we welcome patients who are seeking a second opinion.