Metabolic liver disease
Diseases that fall into the category of metabolic liver diseases are generally considered to include disorders of hepatic synthesis and degradation or regulation of a diverse variety of endogenous compounds. The spectrum of abnormalities ranges from disorders of enzyme production and release (ie, α1-antitrypsin deficiency) to disorders of mineral disposition (ie, Wilson's disease and genetic hemochromatosis). Recent key publications that advance our understanding of these diseases are presented in this section. Although neonatal hemochromatosis may not strictly fit the definition of a metabolic disorder as outlined previously, its cause remains unknown, and hence this entity is included because of its phenotypic similarity to the recognized metabolic disorder, genetic hemochromatosis.
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