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Liver Disorders Specialist

Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC

Board Certified Gastroenterologists located in Hattiesburg, MS

Your liver plays an essential role in digestion and removal of toxic waste from your body. Liver disorders affect the structure and function of your liver, which may lead to serious health complications and even death. The experienced board-certified team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC uses advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat liver disorders. For comprehensive and compassionate care, contact the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, office nearest you by phone or online today.

Liver Disorders Q & A

What are the types of liver disorders?

There are many types of liver disorders. Some of the liver disorders the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC specializes in treating include:

Autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a type of liver disorder that develops when your immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the cells in your liver. 

Hepatitis A, B, and C

Hepatitis A, B, and C are viral infections that cause liver inflammation. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. 

Fatty liver

Fatty liver disease is a reversible type of liver disorder in which your liver accumulates an excessive amount of fat. This type of liver disorder is usually associated with alcohol consumption, obesity, and diabetes. 

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

With non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, you also experience an inflamed fatty liver. Without proper treatment, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis may lead to cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a type of liver disorder that develops from irreversible scarring of the liver tissue. The scarring may be a result of various types of liver disease or chronic alcoholism. 

What are the symptoms of liver disorders?

Liver disorders don’t always cause symptoms, especially during the early stages. Common symptoms that may indicate a liver disorder include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Itchy skin

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or have concerns about a liver disorder, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC to schedule an evaluation. 

How are liver disorders diagnosed?

When you come in with concerns about a liver disorder, a gastroenterologist conducts a thorough evaluation to formulate a diagnosis. During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and performs a physical.

They may also request diagnostic tests such as:

  • Blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Liver function tests
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI 
  • FibroScan
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) testing

In some cases, you may need a liver biopsy to assess the severity of your liver damage or disease. 

How are liver disorders treated?

The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC develops individualized treatment plans for liver disorders based on the diagnosis. Treatment may include:

  • Antiviral medication
  • Diet modification
  • Abstinence from alcohol
  • Non-surgical weight loss
  • Exercise program

If your liver disorder is severe, your provider may discuss liver transplantation. 

To schedule a liver disorders consultation, call Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or book online today.