Liver Diseases

Health written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the causes are of (a) chronic liver disease and (b) cirrhosis; and what proportion of cases of each were caused by each such factor in the last 12 months.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The known causes of liver disease are alcohol consumption, viral hepatitis, and obesity. A small number of cases of liver disease are genetic (autoimmune hepatitis, haemochromatosis). The Department of does not collect information about the proportion of liver disease by cause.

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