In-depth

Alcoholic hepatitis

Alcohol can severely damage your liver — even moderate drinkers aren't immune. Learn more about this serious liver disease.

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis — Early detection, medications can help.

Esophageal varices

Esophageal varices — enlarged veins in the esophagus — are a serious complication of liver diseases such as cirrhosis.

Hepatitis B

Having hepatitis B increases your risk of serious liver disease. Protect yourself with a hepatitis B vaccine.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a highly infectious disease that's usually contracted from contaminated blood.

Liver cancer

The risk of liver cancer may be reduced by protecting yourself from serious liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis B and C.

Liver hemangioma

Liver hemangioma is the most common type of noncancerous (benign) liver mass. Learn how doctors treat liver hemangioma.

Primary biliary cirrhosis

Primary biliary cirrhosis begins with inflammation in the liver's small bile ducts, but eventually can lead to damage and scarring in the liver itself.

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis starts in your lungs but can cause inflammation in any part of your body. It can last a lifetime, or disappear in a few years.

Toxic hepatitis

Toxic hepatitis is liver damage that occurs when your liver isn't able to break down certain toxins — including common pain relievers such as Tylenol.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

In Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, tumors in the pancreas or duodenum secrete a hormone called gastrin that leads to excessive stomach acid and ulcers.

Dec. 10, 2010