eli5 Why there aren’t many specific names for liver diseases?


There are thousands of diseases that hit specific organs and they have specific names. Why there aren’t many names for liver diseases and mostly the term liver disease is used. I may have a liver disease and google searches don’t come up anything besides liver disease or cirrhosis. Only sometimes hepatitis is mentioned. and it’s pretty confusing to distinguish results.

Note: I’m not looking for a medical advice. I’m just curious about this specific term naming.

Also a note to the mods: If my presumption include a false information derived from inadequate research, I’m sorry but I couldn’t find any info anywhere. This subreddit is my last resort.

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Doctors name diseases, so there are many legacy conventions. It’s not some scientific naming scheme, like we have for chemicals.

One factor in naming a disease is “should this be treated differently?”. One reason you see lots of names for a disease like breast cancer is that the treatment for HER2 positive is different from HER2-.

The various liver diseases are mo#tly treated in similar ways, so many names would hard for patients to learn and wouldn’t make much difference.

There are though? Hepatitis A through E, alcoholic steatohepatitis, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, fulminant cirrhosis, portal hypertension, infarction, autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis of pregnancy, drug-induced hepatitis, liver hemangioma, hepatocellular carcinoma…