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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
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.