Liver Disease Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Diseases that affect the liver can become life-threatening but early diagnosis and treatment can often reverse or at least stabilize the damage. The specialists at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, are well-known for their expertise in successfully treating various forms of liver disease. These board-certified health care professionals use the most advanced treatments available for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and other liver problems. You can also expect a warm welcome and the respect you deserve during your experience with the Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Call today for an appointment or book your visit online.

Liver Disease Q & A

What Does the Liver Do?

The liver is a roughly football-shaped organ that’s positioned just under your ribcage in the upper right abdomen. It weighs about three pounds, is the largest gland in your body, and can regenerate under certain circumstances.

The liver produces chemicals that help digest your food and it filters toxins from your bloodstream. It also produces and stores glucose and other substances your cells require for their best performance. It’s estimated that the liver performs about 500 tasks that are essential to good health.

What Causes Liver Disease?

The many causes of liver disease include viral infections like hepatitis A, B, and C. These viruses cause inflammation of the liver that results in scarring (cirrhosis) and reduces its ability to function.

Other causes of liver disease include:

  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Various cancers
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Immune system disorders

Factors that can increase your risk of developing liver disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High-fat diet
  • Risky behaviors like IV drug use and sharing needles
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Exposure to certain toxins or chemicals

Fortunately, many liver diseases respond positively to treatment, especially when the condition is diagnosed early.

What are the Symptoms of Liver Disease?

Symptoms of liver disease can vary but might include:

  • Yellowish discoloration to skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Swelling of the legs and ankles
  • Pain and swelling of the abdomen
  • Itchy skin and/or tendency to bruise easily
  • Dark urine
  • Pale stools
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or loss of appetite

Often symptoms of fatty liver disease aren’t noticeable until the disease has advanced. However, other conditions like obesity and diabetes and an unhealthy diet can signal the need to consider fatty liver problems.

If you have a problem with liver disease or wonder what you can do to avoid it, call the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today for an appointment or book your visit online.