Hepatologists treat the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas, as well as the disorders associated with these organs. Hepatology is often a sub-specialty of gastroenterology.


Some of the most common liver ailments that are assessed, diagnosed and managed by hepatologists include:


  • Diseases of the liver related to excess alcohol consumption, including fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
  • Viral hepatitis infections (hepatitis A, B, C and E).
  • Drug overdoses
  • Jaundice
  • Enzyme defects causing liver enlargement in children, also known of as liver storage diseases
  • Pancreatitis, usually when caused by alcohol consumption or gallstones

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