A hepatologist is a specialist in the branch of medicine called Hepatology, which includes the study of body parts such as the liver, the biliary tree, the gallbladder and the pancreas. A hepatologist manages disorders in these areas. Hepatology was traditionally a subspecialty of gastroenterology, but recent advances in the understanding of this subspecialty have made it a field of its own. Hepatologists deal most frequently with viral hepatitis and diseases related to alcohol. Hepatitis impacts millions of people worldwide and has been associated with a number of outcomes including Chronic disease, Cirrhosis occasionally, liver cancer. Particularly, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may cause liver cancers.
Some of the most common ailments that are assessed, diagnosed and managed by a hepatologist include:
Diseases of the liver related to excess alcohol consumption, including fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Viral hepatitis infections (hepatitis A, B, C and E). Over two billion individuals have been infected with hepatitis B at some point and around 350 million people are persistent carriers. With widespread vaccination and blood screening, the incidence of hepatitis B has significantly decreased. .
Drug overdose, particularly paracetamol overdose
Gastrointestinal bleeding caused by portal hypertension linked to liver injury
Enzyme defects causing liver enlargement in children, also known of as liver storage diseases
Some tropical infections such as hydatid cyst, kala-azar or schistosomiasis
Pancreatitis, usually when caused by alcohol consumption or gallstones
Damage to the pancreas or biliary tract caused by infection, cancer, alcohol, bleeding or obstruction.
Dr. Raajeev Vijay Hingorani is a Mumbai-based Super-specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, currently practising at Gastronaut Clinic Kandivali and Mira Road, and aslo at Apex Superspeciality Hospital in Borivali (W), Thunga Hospital in Malad (W). Globus Gastro Malad (W).Read More...
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