Have you experienced some issues with your liver, pancreas and/or gallbladder? If you are looking to understand these issues in detail or find an exact diagnosis, then a consultation with a hepatologist should be your next step.
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Hepatology Consultation Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Individuals who have have been referred to a hepatology consultation by their general physician.
Individuals with pain in the liver, pancreas or gallbladder or symptoms relating to it.
Approximately an hour.
Imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan.
What Is Hepatology?
Hepatology is a subfield in medicine that deals with the study of the liver, pancreas, biliary tract and the gallbladder. These organs help in digesting our food, in detoxification and maintaining blood sugar levels in our body.
What Happens During a Hepatology Consultation?
The consultation procedure has a few main steps.
The interview is the core of any consultation procedure. Your hepatologist will inquire about your medical history, ask you detailed questions about the symptoms you have been experiencing and any previous treatments you had for them. You should also answers questions about your lifestyle such as your diet, your exercise regimen and alcohol and drug intake. Your current conditions, the results of your blood test and imaging tests, a diagnosis and possible treatments will also be discussed.
2. Further Tests
If you have not yet had an imaging test, your hepatologist will ask you to undergo either an ultrasound or a fibroscan, which is more specific to understanding the liver, or a CT scan. In some cases, a further appointment for undergoing a biopsy may also be set.
What Can I Expect From a Hepatology Consultation?
There are a few points that are important to keep in mind during your appointment:
The consultation is for getting more insight into your symptoms and proposing a treatment course.
Try to come prepared to your consultation appointment: write down your questions and doubts and prepare your medical history. Bring any tests or imaging results that you already have.
What Are the Follow-up Procedures That May Be Recommended for Me?
Depending on your case, the doctor may recommend further examinations such as a biopsy. This is a short medical procedure where a sample of your liver tissue is taken for further examination. A biopsy is only suggested after initial tests show or point at possible abnormalities.
Your will be asked to come in for another appointment after the follow-up tests or treatments to discuss the next steps.