Liver Screening

The liver is the largest organ inside your body, and is also one of the most important. The liver has many jobs including converting food into energy and cleaning alcohol and other poisons from the blood. Your liver also produces bile, a yellowish-green liquid which helps with digestion.

The liver is susceptible to many diseases, especially viral infections such as Hepatitis A, Hepititis B or Hepititis C. Other diseases can be the result of consumption of drugs, poisons or large amounts of alcohol. Joundice, or yellowing of the skin, can be one of the signs of liver disease. Scar tissue formed on the liver from illness is called cirrhosis.

A liver screening allows us to see the liver structure and detect any changes in liver tissue or size. Like other parts of your body, cancer can effect the liver. Hemochromatosis and other inherited liver diseases can be detected as well. If left undetected, liver abnormalities may lead to metabolic dysfunction. The results of this screening may detect possible need for further evaluation by your doctor.

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