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What kind of doctor is a liver specialist?

A liver specialist can also be called a hepatologist. This type of doctor specializes in the branch of medicine called Hepatology which includes the study the liver and other body parts such as the pancreas, gallbladder and the biliary tree. Liver disease is the main, comprehensive focus of a hepatologist, who receives specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Hepatologists most frequently treat disorders as viral hepatitis and diseases related to alcohol. They will have the most current information in regards to recent medications and treatment breakthroughs for the liver. Traditionally, Hepatology was a subspecialty of gastroenterology. Current advances in the understanding of disorders of the liver have pronounced it as a field of its own.

A gastroenterologist also treats many dynamics of digestion including all the main components in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract - the esophagus, gallbladder, stomach, intestines, pancreas and the liver. Gastroenterologists may concentrate on specific conditions including more serious liver conditions. They will have expertise and training to treat more serious liver conditions. If your primary care physician indicates that you may have a more serious illness such as hepatitis, in which the liver is severely compromised, they will most likely refer you to a hepatologist or gastroenterologist specializing in diseases of the liver.

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Do I need a liver specialist?

A general practitioner refers patients to a hepatologist for a variety of reasons. Sometimes this includes drug overdoses, jaundice, ascites, gastrointestinal bleeding, enzyme defects or blood tests that indicate liver disease. Evidence of diseases in the biliary tree could also lead a general practitioner to refer a patient to a hepatologist. These specialists provide follow-up treatments to patients who have received a liver transplantation as well.

Indications that your liver is not performing properly include yellow skin and dark yellow, even brownish pee. You could also be experiencing chronic and severe digestive problems like severe or constant heartburn or pain after eating and this could indicate issues with the liver. To really know if you require treatment from a liver specialist you should consult with your PCP.

Is there a specialist near me?

You should seek out a liver specialist with offices that offer state of the art technology as well as the convenience of full comprehensive gastrointestinal and liver disease care provided under one roof. They should provide a team of highly acclaimed Gastroenterologists, board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology having a superb reputation in the community. They should also have digestive and liver disease physicians that are national and international experts in their field. Dr. Guru N. Reddy received his training in Gastroenterology, Liver Diseases and Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his Fellowship in 1988. 

Dr. Reddy has been in private practice since 1988. He is the founder of Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, P.A. Upon completing his Fellowship in 1988, Dr. Reddy opened one of the largest gastroenterology and liver clinics in Houston, Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, PA. Contact him today for expert care.