A cancer arising from the liver cells (hepatocytes). Liver damage, manifested by cirrhosis (scarring), is a primary risk factor for liver cancer. Cirrhosis may be caused by viral hepatitis, primarily hepatitis B and C, alcohol abuse, hemochromatosis, certain autoimmune diseases of the liver, and other diseases that result in chronic inflammation of the liver. Symptoms include abdominal pain or tenderness, jaundice, enlarged abdomen, and easy bruising or bleeding.
Dr. Sheila Sherlock (1918-2001), was a pioneer in the science of liver disease, is considered the “mother of hepatology.” Her book, “Diseases of the Liver and Biliary System” which she first published in 1955, was the first standard textbook on clinical liver disease. In 1959 she became the first woman to become a professor of […]
Cancer originating in the liver, in liver cells. More often called hepatocarcinoma or hepatocellular carcinoma. From hepat-, the liver + -oma, tumor = a liver tumor.
An abnormally enlarged liver. Hepatomegaly can be caused by heart failure, blockage of blood vessels from the liver, or be a sign of chronic liver disease.
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Abnormal enlargement of the liver and spleen. Hepatosplenomegaly is typically associated with chronic liver diseases.