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Description

What is a hepatologist? A hepatologist studies and treats diseases of the liver.

When to visit

When would you see a hepatologist? A primary care doctor would often be the first one to discover that something is wrong with the liver. From there, the patient is customarily referred to a specialist, either a gastroenterologist, hepatologist, or infectious disease specialist, for further evaluation and treatment.

What to expect

What would you expect during a visit with a hepatologist? People with liver disease generally need frequent assessment of their blood work. The patient will either have blood drawn in the doctor’s office, or the patient will be sent to a lab to have blood drawn. Often the patient with liver disease will need evaluation of his digestive system for a variety of reasons. The evaluation will typically include an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy. Some doctors perform these tests in the comfort, privacy, and convenience of their office. Other doctors perform these tests at the local hospital.

How often to visit

How often should you visit a hepatologist? The frequency of visits to a hepatologist will vary, depending on the condition of the patient.

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