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Treatment Options

  • Early detection of liver disease is key to successful treatment. Our specialists work with you to ensure an accurate diagnosis in order to develop a customized, effective treatment plan quickly.

    Part of this process includes: 

    • Symptom review
    • Physical exam
    • Diagnostic testing
    • Treatment planning

    Common liver disease symptoms may include:

    • Jaundice—yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes white due to abnormally high levels of bilirubin in the blood stream
    • Cholestasis—reduced or stopped bile flow; may be blocked in or outside of the liver
    • Liver enlargement—physical liver enlargement, abdominal distention / bloating can occur
    • Portal hypertension—abnormally high blood pressure due to increased blood pressure in the portal blood vessels or resistance to blood flow through the liver
    • Ascites—build up of fluid in the abdominal cavity
    • Liver encephalopathy / hepatic coma—deterioration of brain function due to toxic substances building up in the blood, normally filtered out by the liver
    • Liver failure—severe / acute weakening of liver function

    Diagnostic testing may include:

    • Blood work
    • Imaging (X-ray / CT scan / ultrasound)
    • Liver tissue tests / biopsy
    • Laparoscopy
    • Genetic tests

    Dependent upon your diagnosis, treatment planning may include:

    • Medication
    • Nutritional therapy — dietary changes, vitamin supplements, hydration
    • Lifestyle changes — avoidance of drugs and alcohol, exercise
    • Surgery — endoscopy, liver or partial liver transplant and liver resection
    • Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy abnormal tissue
    • Abdominal paracentesis— needle is used to drain fluid that has accumulated in the liver
    • TACE (transareterial chemoemboliazation) — administers drugs directly into a tumor
    • TARE (transarterial radioembolization) — delivers a targeted, high dose of radiation is specific area

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