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
- Enzyme defects causing liver enlargement in children, also known of as liver storage diseases
- Pancreatitis, usually when caused by alcohol consumption or gallstones