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A Primary Care Guide to Chronic Liver Disease

Publication date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Volume 9, Special Issue 1, Jul-Aug-Sep 2012

Articles in this Special Edition:


Chronic liver disease is a problem for all of us. It develops silently, often taking many years to cause sufficient damage to be detectable or cause signs or symptoms for which a patient would seek attention. Primary care has a…




Excessive alcohol consumption has joined smoking and obesity as one of today's major threats to public health. It is a major cause of liver disease, as well as a range of cancers, cardiovascular disease and mental illness. What's the solution?…

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is currently the most common cause of abnormal liver function tests. This article will look at the evidence base behind many of the assumptions about NAFLD in current practice – including the suggestion just to…

Viral hepatitis is one of the three main causes of liver disease. We review the different types of viral hepatitis and the key steps in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Why bother checking a patient's liver function? We look at when and how to use liver function tests in clinical practice.

The liver has many functions, and therefore diseases of the liver have numerous consequences. These can be detected and monitored with blood tests. This article provides a review of liver function tests, or LFTs, and how they relate to the…

Liver disease is now the fifth leading cause of death in the UK but the good news is that liver disease is largely preventable and there is much we can do in primary care to educate people about the risks.…

The liver is the body's unsung hero, quietly working away to make the vital substances that keep a wide range of essential body processes ticking over, breaking down chemicals that would otherwise be toxic and hoovering up worn-out blood cells.…

Providing need-to-know information and recommended actions resulting from new clinical research

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