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A healthy liver is critical to your overall health. In this section, you can learn about your liver, common diseases, ways to keep it healthy, and organ donation.

AASLD is an organization for hepatology professionals, and our website consists of mostly scientific information. Our related society, the American Liver Foundation, was created to serve as a public education and patient information resource. Visit their website or call 1-800-GO-LIVER (1-800-465-4837) for more liver information and resources.

Helping Patients with Liver Disease Choose Wisely

As in every field of medicine, there are certain tests and procedures that patients with liver disease and their physicians should discuss to ensure they are truly necessary and will improve care. AASLD is proud to partner with the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign to identify specific tests, procedures, and treatments that may be unnecessary and may even cause harm.

Hepatitis C Testing for Anyone Born During 1945-1965: New CDC Recommendations

CDC is recommending that everyone born during 1945 through 1965, also known as baby boomers, get a blood test for Hepatitis C. This recommendation calls for one-time testing of baby boomers.

Organ Donation

The liver is critical to a person's well-being. More than 25,000,000 Americans – one in every 10 – are afflicted with liver-related diseases each year. More than 27,000 Americans die each year from chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis.

Lives depend on organ and tissue donations and there is a severe shortage. Thousands of children and adults are waiting for organs everyday, and the numbers are increasing. Liver donors are usually persons who have died and whose families have consented to having their organ donated.

Today, a living person can donate a portion of his/her liver to another person. The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself. Liver transplantation, once impossible, is now highly feasible, and there have been dramatic gains in survival rates of recipients.

For more information on liver donations, contact the following organizations:

United Network for Organ Sharing Transplant Statistics

Enrollment of Patients in the NIDDK Hepatitis B Research Network

The Hepatitis B Research Network brings together clinical centers with expertise in caring for patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

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