Types of liver disease

Listed below are some specific types of liver disease. The links provide more detailed information about each type.

  • Alcohol-related liver disease where the liver is damaged after years of alcohol misuse, this can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease a build-up of fat within liver cells, usually seen in overweight people or those who are obese
  • Hepatitis which is inflammation (swelling) of the liver caused by a viral infection or exposure to harmful substances such as alcohol
  • Haemochromatosis an inherited disorder where there's a gradual build-up of iron in the body, usually around the liver
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis a rare, long-term type of liver disease that damages the bile ducts in the liver

Its important to note that all types of liver disease can cause cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), not just alcohol-related liver disease.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018