W. Thomas London MD


Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a long-term disease that makes the body’s defenses (or immune system) attack the liver. This causes liver inflammation and damage. Sometimes chemicals, certain medicines, or a virus can cause cells in your body to attack your liver. Autoimmune chronic hepatitis can be treated successfully with…

Hepatitis B Treatment Recommendations

The American Association for the Study of Liver Disease has made recommendations for treating long-term (chronic) hepatitis B. These recommendations are based on the presence of hepatitis B antigens in your blood, the level of hepatitis B viral DNA ( HBV DNA ) in your blood, and the level of the liver enzyme alanine…

Hepatitis B

What is hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver . Most adults who get it have it for a short time and then get better. This is called acute hepatitis B. Sometimes the virus causes a long-term infection, called chronic hepatitis B. Over time, it can damage your liver. Babies and young children infected…

Hepatitis C: Your Risk for Cirrhosis

Up to 85% of people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus will develop long-term (chronic) infection. 1 About 25% of people who have chronic hepatitis C will go on to develop cirrhosis —severe liver damage and scarring—after a period of about 20 years or more. 2 Certain factors may affect how quickly problems such…

Function of the Liver

A healthy liver does the following: It regulates the composition of blood, including the amounts of glucose (sugar), protein, and fat that enter the bloodstream. It removes bilirubin and other toxins from the blood. Bilirubin is a by-product of the breakdown of red blood cells. It processes most of the nutrients…