The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Liver Disorders

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Expert medical advice from a hospital that has pioneered treatments for liver diseases

More than 25 million people face some type of liver disorder each year. And yet the liver is one of the most important organs in the body.

In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Liver Disorders, Dr. Nizar N. Zein and nurse Kevin M. Edwards, health experts on the forefront of liver health, provide critical, potentially life-saving information readers need to fight ...

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Overview

Expert medical advice from a hospital that has pioneered treatments for liver diseases

More than 25 million people face some type of liver disorder each year. And yet the liver is one of the most important organs in the body.

In The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Liver Disorders, Dr. Nizar N. Zein and nurse Kevin M. Edwards, health experts on the forefront of liver health, provide critical, potentially life-saving information readers need to fight these diseases. This important resource gives readers the cutting-edge medical guidance this physician-nurse team offers its patients, including:

  • Information about what the liver does—and what happens when the liver becomes fatty or hardened with scars
  • The latest research on treating liver infections, fighting liver cancer, and keeping your liver healthy for many years to come
  • Key information on the symptoms that result from a liver malfunction
  • Personal stories of those who have triumphed over liver disorders
  • Plus, advice on how to make the necessary lifestyle choices to live an active and healthy life

Cleveland Clinic is one of the nation’s best hospitals and is top-ranked for digestive diseases, where physicians have pioneered many treatments for liver diseases.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607140764
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Cleveland Clinic Guides Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nizar N. Zein, MD, holds the Mikati Foundation Endowed Chair in Liver Diseases and is Chief of the Section of Hepatobiliary Diseases and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic. The author of more than 200 publications, Dr. Zein is the associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology and co-edits The Year in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He served as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Ohio Chapter of the American Liver Foundation and currently serves as Chair of the Clinical Research Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

Kevin M. Edwards, MSN, CNP, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Nurse Corps of the Ohio Army National Guard, with which he has served for more than 20 years. He completed a year's postgraduate fellowship in Clinical Hepatology. At Cleveland Clinic, he worked in the Department of Gastroenterology, caring for patients with all forms of liver disease. He has traveled extensively to Central and South America to provide medical care to underprivileged communities.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 The Amazing Liver 1

Chapter 2 Hepatitis, the New Epidemic 11

Chapter 3 Autoimmune Hepatitis 41

Chapter 4 Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease 49

Chapter 5 Hemochromatosis 61

Chapter 6 Wilson's Disease 71

Chapter 7 Alcoholic Liver Disease 79

Chapter 8 Primary Biliary Cirrhosis 91

Chapter 9 Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis 99

Chapter 10 Liver Masses 107

Chapter 11 Cirrhosis and Its Complications 123

Chapter 12 Pregnancy, Pediatrics, and the Liver 135

Chapter 13 Drug-Induced Liver Injury 147

Chapter 14 Testing for Liver Disorders 155

Chapter 15 The Ultimate Liver Test: The Biopsy 163

Chapter 16 Liver Transplants 171

Chapter 17 Nontraditional Therapies, Alternative Medicine, and Spirituality 181

Chapter 18 The Liver-Healthy Lifestyle 189

Conclusion: Looking Forward 205

Acknowledgments 207

Appendix 1 Liver-Related Terminology 208

Appendix 2 Medications Commonly Used to Treat Liver Diseases 219

Appendix 3 Suggested Resources 222

Index 227

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