The liver, the largest of the internal organs, monitors all materials absorbed from your diet, converting nutrients to useable form and eliminating potential toxins. It also produces a number of substances essential for life.
The causes of liver disease range from viruses to gene mutations to environmental factors such as medications and alcohol. These diseases typically progress slowly because the organ has a large capacity and can regenerate. These conditions, however, can reach the stage of cirrhosis and in some instances, acute liver failure, which requires urgent evaluation at a transplant center.