Hepatology is a medical specialty dealing with liver and biliary tract diseases. Most liver diseases can remain asymptomatic for a long time, only the increase in so-called liver function laboratory values call attention to it. If it causes symptoms, it may initially be characterized by weakness, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, nausea, pain under right ribs. Advanced liver disease has the typical symptoms of jaundice, increase in abdominal circumference, appearance of star-shaped vasodilatation on the skin of the chest, reddening of the palm.
Because of the few symptoms, regular screening is very important, especially for those with family history of liver disease, working with chemicals or taking liver-damaging drugs.
What are the most common liver diseases?