Liver & surrounding organs

 

Why is your liver important? How does HCV affect the liver? What does liver disease mean?

 

What the Liver Does

The liver has many functions, including these:

  • Stores iron reserves, as well as vitamins and minerals
  • Detoxifies poisonous chemicals, including alcohol and drugs (prescribed and over-the-counter medicines as well as illegal substances). Acts as a filter to convert them to substances that can be used or excreted from the body
  • Converts the food we eat into stored energy and chemicals necessary for life and growth
  • Makes blood products
  • Manufactures new proteins
  • Makes clotting factors to help blood clot
  • Manufactures bile, an enzyme used in breaking down fats and in waste disposal

 

Stages of Liver Disease

Below are some artists’ images of the various stages of liver disease, along with the general associated conditions.  In addition, click for SYMPTOMS.

Images showing Progression from Normal Liver to Fibrosis to Cirrhosis

Progression from Normal Liver to Fibrosis to Cirrhosis

 

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HEALTHY Liver:

Healthy Liver
Healthy Liver

 

No Scarring

No Inflammation

 

 

 

 

 

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STAGE 1 Liver Damage:

Liver, Stage 1
Liver, Stage 1

 

No Scarring

Some Inflammation

 

 

 

 

 

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STAGE 2 Liver Damage:

Liver, Stage 2
Liver, Stage 2

 

Some Inflammation

Scarring begins inside liver (around portal areas)

 

 

 

 

 

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STAGE 3 Liver Damage:

Liver, Stage 3
Liver, Stage 3

 

Scarring over more of the liver

Some loss of function

 

 

 

 

 

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STAGE 4 Liver Damage (Cirrhosis):

Liver, Stage 4
Liver, Stage 4

 

Advanced Scarring (Cirrhosis)

Serious loss of function may result