Liver Diseases & Conditions

The liver plays many vital roles in the body. If the liver becomes diseased, the organ’s ability to perform critical nutrient storage, bile production, chemical regulation and cleansing functions is compromised. Emory's liver program is experienced in the operative and medical management of all diseases of the liver. To learn more about each of the conditions we treat, please use the links below:

Liver Cancer

Malignant tumors of the liver can either be primary, meaning the cancer originated in the liver, or metastatic, in which the cancer started in another organ and spread (metastasize) to the liver. Learn more >>

Benign Liver Tumors

Benign (noncancerous) liver tumors are common and do not pose a serious health risk. In fact, many are never diagnosed because they cause no symptoms. Learn more >>

Biliary Disorders

The biliary duct system consists of structures that store and transport bile, a yellowish-green digestive fluid produced in the liver Learn more >>

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis refers to the replacement of healthy liver tissue with scar tissue. When a person is suffering from a chronic liver disease, the liver becomes inflamed. Learn more >>

Fatty Liver

If fat makes up more than 10 percent of the liver, it is considered fatty liver. Fatty liver can cause inflammation, which in turn leads to permanent scarring (cirrhosis). Learn more >>

Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis is a genetically inherited disease in which the body absorbs and stores too much iron, creating an iron overload. Learn more >>

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection of the liver. Hepatitis A can cause inflammation and compromise the liver's ability to function properly. Learn more >>

Hepatitis B

Like hepatitis A, hepatitis B is a contagious viral infection of the liver. It can range in severity from a mild illness that goes away after a few weeks to a serious illness causing lifelong health problems. Learn more >>

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C can range from mild to severe. Learn more >>

Liver Cysts

Simple liver cysts, thin-walled sacs filled with fluid, are quite common and generally cause no problems. Learn more >>

Liver Failure

When the liver is damaged, whether it's from a virus, harmful chemicals, or some other cause, it will eventually lose its ability to function. This is called liver failure, and it is a life-threatening condition. Learn more >>

Malignant Liver Tumors

Malignant tumors of the liver can either be primary, meaning the cancer originated in the liver, or metastatic, in which the cancer started in another organ and spread (metastasize) to the liver. Learn more >>

Polycystic Liver Disease

Polycystic liver disease (PLD or PCLD) is a rare condition that causes cysts—fluid-filled sacs—to grow throughout the liver. Learn more >>

Liver Treatments