Hepatology: Gastroenterological Specialty

Hepatology helps diagnose liver diseases

What is hepatology ?

Hepatology is a specialty of gastroenterology that focuses on the study of the liver. Our hepatologist is also gastroenterologist, he tries to solve your problem.

Hepatic explorations are mainly performed by blood sampling but also imaging that includes echography, CT scan and MRI.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of liver diseases taken care of by the hepatologist: :

  • Hepatitis B: potentially fatal hepatic infection caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV).
  • Hepatitis C: a blood-borne infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver: chronic liver disease during which there is complete disorganization of the hepatic architecture as well as degeneration of the hepatic tissues.
  • Cholestasis: also known as cholestasis is a decrease or disappearance of the flow of bile generating a sudden increase in the volume of bile in the bile ducts.
  • Cancer of the liver

When should I consult a hepatologist ?

The hepatologist is a gastroenterologist who has additional expertise for liver disease. It is best to consult the hepatologist as soon as one of the symptoms is observed.

During this consultation, if very specific examinations or particularly complex results such as liver problems or other, will reach the hepatologist, it will guide you to more appropriate exams.