When should I contact a gastroenterologist?
Diseases of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder are accompanied by certain symptoms.
The symptoms for which you need to consult a hepatologist are as follows:
- discomfort, heaviness or a feeling of pain in the right hypochondrium
- bitterness in the mouth
- decreased appetite
- yellowing of the skin and sclera (whites of the eyes)
- ascites (excess fluid in the abdominal cavity)
- too dark urine
- grayish-white stool
- bloody vomit.
What kind of diseases can be used to trigger your symptoms?
The above symptoms can accompany various diseases of the gallbladder, liver, namely:
- hepatitis: autoimmune, hepatitis C, viral chronic B, C, D, toxic hepatitis, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
- primary biliary cirrhosis.
- alcoholic liver disease.
- cirrhosis of the liver of any etiology.
- hereditary hemochromatosis (excessive accumulation of iron).
- primary sclerosing cholangitis.
- Wilson-Konovalov disease.
- chronic cholecystitis.
- fatty hepatosis.
- biliary dyskinesia.
What diagnostic methods will the clinic offer you?
Sometimes an experienced hepatologist of the clinic can assume the existing diagnosis immediately, at the first glance, because some of the symptoms of liver diseases are visible to the naked eye (typical types of jaundice, skin rash). But more often, diseases of both the liver and the gallbladder go unnoticed for a long time, manifesting clinically in the later stages, and then it is more difficult to help.
Therefore, it is so important to notice minor but unexplained symptoms in time, such as fatigue, poor appetite, and discomfort in the right hypochondrium.
Laboratory research methods are as follows:
- blood biochemistry
- general blood and urine
- tests serological reactions
- molecular genetic studies.
Instrumental methods of diagnosis:
ultrasound of the liver, bile, bile ducts
These examinations are often sufficient to detect liver diseases. For a more detailed examination, the doctor can refer the patient to a diagnostic center for:
- radiation diagnostics
- computed tomography
- magnetic resonance
- imaging X-ray examination
- liver biopsy
- invasive studies
After processing all the data, there are three possible options: the doctor will prescribe you a special diet; prescribe complex medication to eliminate the causative agent of the disease; or prescribe additional treatment, taking into account the existence of other pathologies (diseases of the cardiovascular system, respiratory, urinary, etc.).)
Acute diseases of the liver and gallbladder are completely curable in most cases, but chronic diseases are almost impossible to completely cure. With chronic diseases, doctors seek to quickly stop the exacerbation, long-term remission, maintain maximum liver function (that is, compensate for liver failure), and the gallbladder.
You can safely start treatment, which we carry out as quickly and efficiently as possible in Tashkent. Gatling Med Clinic will make you feel confident in yourself and in your health!