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Diseases of the Liver

Fatty liver: Yellow discoloration of the liver due to fatty degeneration of liver parenchymal cells.

Hepatitis: Inflammation of the liver, due usually to viral infection but sometimes to toxic agents.

Cirrhosis: Endstage liver disease characterized by diffuse damage to hepatic parenchymal cells, with nodular regeneration, fibrosis, and disturbance of normal architecture; associated with failure in the function of hepatic cells and interference with blood flow in the liver, frequently resulting in jaundice, portal hypertension, ascites, and ultimately biochemical and functional signs of hepatic failure.