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Liver Disease

The liver is a large organ in the abdomen of the body that has a number of jobs, but the three main ones are: clean the blood, produce a digestive liquid called bile, and store energy from a form of sugar called glycogen. Liver disease can occur for a number of reasons, from viruses to autoimmune diseases, cancer, metabolic disease, and more.

For patients diagnosed with liver cancer, the GI medical team works closely with the cancer team to offer patients a comprehensive care plan including medical treatment, minimally invasive therapies, and surgical procedures.

For patients who have both hepatitis C and HIV, physicians work with the Infectious Disease department to coordinate care.

Additionally, the doctors work closely with hepatobiliary surgeons, oncologists, interventional radiologists for transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and tumor ablation techniques, as well as referral for liver transplant.

The CDD provides care to patients with the following conditions

  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Auto-immune liver disease
  • Sclerosing cholangitis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Metabolic liver disease
  • Liver cancer

 

Diagnostic Tests

  • Liver Biopsy

    During a liver biopsy, a physician numbs the area around the liver using a local anesthetic and then using a long, narrow needle obtains a tiny piece of liver tissue. A liver biopsy is used to determine the presence of inflammation, fibrosis, and to help diagnose various liver diseases.

Treatment Options

  • Hepatic Resection

    Removing a portion of the liver.

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