Liver stress/damage is not a side effect of steroid use in general, but is specifically associated with the use of C17 alpha alkylated compounds. In surviving a first pass by the liver, these compounds place some level of stress on the organ. In some instances this has led to severe damage, even fatal liver cancer. The disease peliosis hepatitis is one worry, which is an often life threatening condition where the liver develops blood filled cysts. Liver cancer has also been noted in certain cases. While these very serious complications have occurred on certain occasions where liver-toxic compounds were prescribed for extended periods, it is important to stress however that this is not very common with steroid using athletes.

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