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Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of “Your Liver, Your Health,” an eight- part series by Hollis Pickett

In a previous section, I referred to a number of liver conditions that are actually fairly rare – primary biliary cirrhosis (autoimmune), autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson’s Disease (hereditary). More information about these conditions and other more obscure liver issues can be found here or here.

All right, folks, stay with me. we’re going to get a little technical and detailed here, starting with some vocabulary and definitions.
Hepatitis – inflammation of the liver

Acute – you’re visibly ill and showing symptoms

Chronic – long-term, ongoing disease or illness – can follow an acute phase or occur without an acute phase

Fulminant liver failure – very sudden onset with widespread damage to liver tissue – potentially fatal

Fibrosis – scarring of liver tissue caused by inflammation (hepatitis)