|About the Book|
When the daughter of medical journalist David Drum was diagnosed with polycystic liver disease, he began looking for information about this relatively rare disease. He found precious little basic information for patients, and none available in book form. After doing extensive research to help his daughter manage her disease, Drum condensed the information he found into this short, useful book.Polycystic Liver Disease: Information for Patients contains basic medical information for people who wish to learn more about polycystic liver disease.The first book for people dealing with this rare disease includes useful information on diet, herbs, and lifestyle. It examines the risk factors for the disease, the important role of the liver in the body, the formation of cysts, and treatments for the most common symptoms including the symptom of pain.Of particular interest is a survey of the five major treatments used to treat symptomatic polycystic liver disease. Although the disease is not life-threatening, for as many as one out of five patients, an invasive treatment or surgery may ultimately be necessary. Drum provides objective information on each of these treatments, and examines the benefits, drawbacks, and possible complications for each.Polycystic Liver Disease: Information for Patients surveys the new drugs of potential benefit now undergoing clinical trials, and other new treatments on the horizon such as hepatic artery embolization. Also included are a survey of medical tests which may be employed by your doctor, a list of useful web sites, a glossary, and a bibliography of sources.