The liver is a flexible organ that is easy to ignore until something goes wrong. Because of its wide-ranging responsibilities, your healthy liver can be attacked by viruses, toxic substances, pollutants, and disease.

Your liver helps your body every day by providing energy to your body, fighting infections and toxins, helping blood clot, regulating hormones and much more.

Liver problems can also be caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use and obesity.

Over time, conditions that damage the liver can lead to scarring (cirrhosis), which can lead to liver failure, a life-threatening condition. But early treatment may give the liver time to heal.