Liver Disease

We know that you, your loved ones, friends or employees lives may have been or will be touched by liver disease.

Here are the facts you need to know:

Liver Disease in the United States

  • 25,000,000 Americans – one in every 12 – are or have been afflicted with liver, biliary or gallbladder disease.
  • 20,300 Americans die each year from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; 360,000 people are hospitalized each year due to cirrhosis.
  • Alcoholic liver disease and chronic hepatitis C are the leading causes of cirrhosis.
  • Approximately 6,000 liver transplants are performed yearly in the US. Because of the shortage of organs, it is estimated that over 1,800 people die per year while waiting for a liver transplant. There are currently over 17,700 people waiting for a liver for transplantation.
  • Hepatitis A and B are preventable by vaccination

For more liver disease information, please visit the Saint Louis University Liver Center site.