What is hepatology?
Hepatology is the specialty relating to the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. All gastroenterologists are trained in both gastroenterology as well as hepatology, although some have a particular interest in this area.
What conditions do hepatologists treat?
Common conditions that hepatologists can manage include:
- viral hepatitis,
- liver disease due to alcohol and drugs,
- non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD),
- autoimmune hepatitis,
- metabolic liver disease,
- liver cancer,
- biliary cirrhosis, and
- primary sclerosing cholangitis.
How are hepatological issues diagnosed?
Hepatologists often investigate symptoms by performing or referring you for a number of tests and procedures, depending on your symptoms. These may include endoscopies, ultrasounds, blood tests or biopsies.