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Q: 1. What is liver? What are the functions of the liver?

Liver is the largest organ inside your body. It helps your body digest food, store energy, and remove poisons. A healthy liver has the ability to grow back, or regenerate when it is damaged. Anything that prevents liver from growing back after injury may put your life at risk. The liver helps fight infections and cleans your blood. It also helps digest food and stores energy for when you need it. Consult the best liver doctors to know more about the liver.

Q: 2. What is the transplantation of liver?

Transplantation of the liver means a transplant of liver tissue from a healthy donor to a recipient. It can be done to patients with end-stage liver disease. Get more knowledge about the transplantation of liver from a liver transplant surgeon.

Q: 3. What are the indications of liver transplant?

Liver transplantation may be required for the patient suffering from acute & chronic liver failure due to Hepatitis Virus, cholestatic forms of cirrhosis (Primary Biliary Cirrhosis), alcoholic cirrhosis and rarely due to metabolic disease.

Q: 4. What causes liver disease?

There are many causes, such as drug and alcohol abuse, viruses, hereditary defects, reactions to drugs and chemicals, and hygiene to name a few.

Q: 5. What are some of the symptoms of liver disease?

The most common symptoms are very non-specific and they include fatigue, loss of weight and muscle mass or excessive tiredness, lack of drive, and occasionally itching. Signs of liver disease that are more prominent are jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine, very pale or light coloured stool or bowel movements, bleeding from the GI tract, mental confusion, and retention of fluids in the abdomen or belly. Consult a liver expert and specialist to be sure about your condition.

Q: 6. What are the most common chronic liver diseases?

There are more than 100 different liver diseases. The most common chronic liver diseases are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Alcoholic Liver Disease (Laennec’s cirrhosis), and Autoimmune diseases (Autoimmune hepatitis, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis).

Q: 7. What are the different types of viruses which affect the liver?

The most common types of liver infection are hepatitis viruses, including - Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Liver specialists will offer the best advice on the different diseases.

Q: 8. When does one require a liver transplant?

Liver transplantation surgically replaces a failing or diseased liver with one that is normal and healthy. At this time, transplantation is the only cure for liver insufficiency or liver failure because no device or machine may perform all the functions of the liver. People who require liver transplants typically have acute liver failure and chronic liver failure. They have to consult a liver transplant surgeon on priority.

Q: 9. Who is a Hepatologist?

A hepatologist is a specialist in the branch of medicine called Hepatology, which includes the study of body parts such as the liver, biliary tree, gallbladder and pancreas. A hepatologist manages disorders in these areas.

Q: 10. Why should I come to Aster CMI hospital for treatment of liver problems?

Aster CMI Hospital has the best liver specialists and liver transplant surgeons in Bangalore. The ILC centre also treats a wide range of liver problems using the latest technology. The team here is one of the most experienced in Karnataka and has performed the largest number of Liver transplants in the state.