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Liver Disease services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Liver Disease services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

Whether from an infection or an inherited disease, getting treatment for liver disease during the early stages may prevent life-threatening complications. At Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona, Shakti Singh, MD, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating all types of liver disease. Call the office today or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.

What does it mean when you have liver disease?

Liver disease is an umbrella term that includes any condition that affects the structure or function of the liver. 

Your liver is part of your gastrointestinal (GI) system, helping separate nutrients and waste as food passes through the GI tract. Your liver also stores energy and makes bile (a substance that enables you to digest fat in food). 

You can develop liver disease from many causes. These conditions may cause liver inflammation (hepatitis), leading to permanent scarring (cirrhosis) and life-threatening liver failure when left untreated. 

I drink alcohol. Should I worry about liver disease?

Overconsumption of toxic substances like alcohol can cause liver disease, called alcohol-related fatty liver disease. 

Other causes of liver disease include:

Viral infections

Hepatitis A, B, and C are viruses that cause liver inflammation. Hepatitis A is acute and resolves independently over time, while hepatitis B and C are long-term infections that can cause permanent liver damage. 

Autoimmune disorders

An autoimmune disorder is a disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the body, like the liver. 

Inherited diseases

Wilson disease and hemochromatosis are inherited diseases that may cause liver damage. 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

NAFLD is a type of liver disease in which there’s an accumulation of fat in the liver not related to alcohol consumption. 

What tests do I need to find out if I have liver disease?

Testing for liver disease focuses on finding the cause and the degree of liver damage. The team at Premier Gastro Care conducts a thorough history and physical and may run bloodwork to check liver function and look for viral infections.

They may also do imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to look for liver damage and then a liver biopsy to determine the severity of the disease. 

What are the treatments for liver disease?

Treatment for liver disease depends on the cause and severity of the damage. The team at Premier Gastro Care customizes your plan, which may include:

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Abstinence from alcohol and other liver-toxic substances
  • Disease-specific medications

When diagnosed and treated early, your liver can heal and recover. If you have permanent liver damage and liver failure, you need a liver transplant.

Liver disease is complex, but treatable with advances in medical care. Call Premier Gastro Care today or book an appointment online.