Department of Hepatology

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 What is Hepatology?

It is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the diseases or medical conditions that affect the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and the pancreas.

What are the Doctors of Hepatology called?

The field covers multiple organs and therefore there are many specialists who are qualified to deal with liver-related diseases and other disorders related to biliary tree, pancreas and the gallbladder.

A gastroenterologist is trained in the treatment and diagnosis of liver diseases, based on their personal exposure and experience in the field. A hepatologist, on the other hand, is most experienced and qualified to treat people who may have liver diseases.  They are also often referred to as liver specialists.

When Is It Time To See A Hepatologist?

Any of the following signs and symptoms should indicate the onset or triggering of a liver disease and therefore, you should book an appointment with a hepatologist/liver specialist right away:

  1. Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
  2. Abdominal pain and swelling
  3. Swelling in the legs and ankles
  4. Itchy skin
  5. Dark urine color
  6. Pale stool color, or bloody or tar-colored stool
  7. Chronic fatigue
  8. Nausea or vomiting
  9. Loss of appetite
  10. Tendency to bruise easily

What do the Hepatologist treat?

  1. Alagille Syndrome
  2. Alcohol And The Liver
  3. Alpha 1 Anti-Trypsin Deficiency
  4. Autoimmune Hepatitis
  5. Biliary Atresia
  6. Cirrhosis and Complications
  7. Cystic Disease of the Liver
  8. Fatty Liver Disease
  9. Galactosemia
  10. Gallstones
  11. Gilbert’s Syndrome
  12. Hemochromatosis
  13. Liver Cancer
  14. Liver disease in pregnancy
  15. Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency (LALD)
  16. Neonatal Hepatitis
  17. Primary Biliary Cholangitis (formerly Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)
  18. Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  19. Porphyria
  20. Reye’s Syndrome
  21. Sarcoidosis
  22. Toxic Hepatitis
  23. Type 1 Glycogen Storage Disease
  24. Tyrosinemia
  25. Viral Hepatitis A, B, C
  26. Wilson Disease

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