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What causes liver disease?

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Liver disease can be caused by a number of things including viral infection, drinking too much alcohol, use of certain drugs, poison or cancer. There are different types of liver disease and one in every 10 Americans has some kind of liver disease, according to the American Liver Foundation.

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What causes liver disease?
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One of the causes of liver disease is excessive consumption of alcohol. Since the liver is responsible for getting rid of toxic substances from the body, it may get damaged in the process of purging the body of excess alcohol. This ultimately results into a liver disease. Substances such as drugs may also damage the liver during the process of purification.

When the body is infected by certain viruses including hepatitis A, B and C, several organs may get affected. The liver is one of the organs that are extensively damaged which is why it develops a liver disease. Sometimes cancer may have an adverse effect on the liver and this is normally referred to as a liver disease.

While there are several types of liver disease, some of the most common symptoms in all include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and weight loss. A doctor will treat a particular liver disease depending on its cause.

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