October has been set aside to recognize to the importance of liver health and the causes of liver disease. A healthy liver serves many vital functions, including breaking down, balancing and creating nutrients from food, storing energy, cleaning the blood, regulating blood clotting and fighting infections.
It is essential to identify and treat liver disorders early so that this vital organ, the largest organ in the body, may have a chance to heal and recover. According to the American Liver Foundation, there are more than 100 different liver diseases caused by viruses, genetics, autoimmune disease, excessive alcohol use, poor diet and obesity and reactions to medications, street drugs, or toxic chemicals. Many people with liver disease do not look or feel sick and are unaware that damage is occurring. Symptoms of liver disease can include nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, yellow-colored skin and eyes, dark urine and weight loss; however, symptoms can vary depending on the specific disease or cause of damage.
Common types of liver disease include hereditary disorders, hepatitis, liver cancer, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease and cirrhosis.
Hepatology at Doylestown Health
Hepatology is a subspecialty of gastroenterology that focuses on the study, prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. Doylestown Health’s highly trained hepatology specialist, Raja Koteswar Dhanekula, MD, is an experienced, fellowship-trained expert in hepatology. He delivers comprehensive care for liver disease, as well as evaluations for liver transplant and post-transplant care.
The advanced hepatology services available at Doylestown Health allow patients to receive innovative treatment and coordinated care while benefitting from the comfort, convenience and connectedness of Doylestown Health.
Our caring, compassionate gastroenterologists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases of the digestive system. Using advanced screening tools, state-of-the-art treatments and innovative technology, our gastroenterology team delivers comprehensive care for conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. The Open Access Colonoscopy Program allows healthy patients the convenience of scheduling a screening colonoscopy without an initial office visit.