Liver Diseases – Early detection may help cirrhosis patients
Cirrhosis is the advanced state of liver disease (scarring ÛÒ fibrosis). Liver diseases like fibrosis are caused due to hepatitis and chronic alcohol abuse. Cirrhosis affects the normal functioning of the liver. It primary function to detoxify harmful substances in the body, cleaning the blood and making vital nutrients is severely affected. Consulting best doctor for liver cirrhosis treatment, will reduce the risk factor.
Neglect of cirrhosis will lead to liver failure, which is considered as life threatening. Cirrhosis exhibits symptoms of fatigue, bleeding, skin itch, jaundice (yellow eyes) loss of appetite, swelling of legs, confusion and drowsiness, and spider-like blood vessels on the skin.
The underlying causes of cirrhosis are deep and diverse. Cirrhosis may result due to infection of the other organs ÛÒ poor performance of bile ducts, genetic digestive disorder and disorders of sugar metabolism (galactosemia) and also by infection due to a parasite (schistosomiasis).
Once the cirrhosis patient finds any one or all the symptoms, the gastroenterologist (digestive system) or hepatologist (liver) will advise on the treatment, and procedures. The attending doctor will take information relating to intake of alcohol and toxic drugs, symptoms and family history of the patient.
To diagnose the existence of cirrhosis, the tests include Liver Function Test (check for excess Bilirubin), Kidney Function Test (Creatinine), Hepatitis B & C, and Clotting Test. The imaging and other tests include, Magnetic Resonance Elastoplasty (MRE), MRI, CT and Ultrasound. Biopsy is also suggested only in exceptional cases.
Patients with signs of cirrhosis are kept under continuous observation of the specialist. Regular tests are prescribed to take note of the liverÛªs condition. Cirrhosis may lead to liver cancer and esophageal varices. Surgical procedure leading to liver transplant is advised for patients with advanced cirrhosis only, when liver fails to function.
The Institute of Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Diseases at Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad provides comprehensive and high quality treatments and procedures for liver diseases and infections. Our doctors provide complete guidance on chronic liver diseases, and liver transplants.
Our interdisciplinary healthcare team that includes hepatologist (liver specialist), liver transplant surgeon, transplant coordinators, psychiatrists (to handle patientÛªs anxiety and depression) and anesthesiologist, further the liver transplant process.