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Hepatology — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Alcoholic Liver Disease

    Alcoholic liver disease is liver damage due to alcohol abuse. Cirrhosis is the final stage of alcoholic liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease symptoms include digestive issues (like pain or swelling in the abdomen) and brain and nervous system issues (such as problems with thinking, memory or mood).
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

    Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, or AAT deficiency, is a genetic disorder in which the body does not produce enough of the AAT protein to protect the lungs. People with severe AAT deficiency can develop emphysema or liver disease. AAT deficiency symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing and multiple lung infections.
  • Ascites

    Ascites is when fluid builds up in the lining between your abdomen and abdominal organs. Ascites is more common in people who have liver damage, congestive heart failure or certain cancers in the abdominal region (including colon cancer, ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer).
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis

    Autoimmune hepatitis is when a person’s immune system attacks the healthy cells of the liver, causing inflammation. Autoimmune hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. Common autoimmune hepatitis symptoms include fatigue, dark-colored urine, itchiness and abdominal discomfort. Autoimmune hepatitis is an autoimmune disease.
  • Alcohol, infections, toxins and genetic disorders can cause liver damage, including inflammation, scarring and disease. If left untreated, liver disease develops into cirrhosis, a chronic, life-threatening condition.
  • Fatty Liver Disease

    Fatty liver disease occurs when an above-normal amount of fat builds up in the liver due to alcohol abuse, obesity, a high-fat diet, hepatitis C, heredity or other factors. Fatty liver disease can lead to serious health problems, including cirrhosis and liver failure.
  • Hemochromatosis

    Hemochromatosis is a condition in which too much iron builds up in the body. Too much iron can cause damage to the liver, heart and pancreas, in particular. In the liver, hemochromatosis can cause liver failure and cirrhosis. In the heart, too much iron can cause arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure. In the pancreas, hemochromatosis can lead to diabetes.
  • Hepatitis B is a contagious, often chronic (long-lasting) liver disease. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus and spread through infected blood, semen and vaginal fluid.
  • Hepatitis C is an infectious, often chronic (long-lasting) disease in which the liver becomes inflamed.
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

    Primary biliary cirrhosis is a long-term liver disease caused by the slow destruction of the bile ducts. When the bile ducts are damaged, waste builds up in the liver. This buildup causes the liver to slowly deteriorate and lose the ability to function.
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

    Primary sclerosing cholangitis is the inflammation and narrowing of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. When the bile ducts are damaged, waste builds up in the liver. This buildup causes the liver to slowly deteriorate and lose the ability to function.
  • Wilson Disease

    Wilson disease is a rare inherited disorder that prevents the body from eliminating extra copper. People need a small amount of copper, which they get from food, to stay healthy. But too much copper is poisonous. In Wilson disease, copper builds up in the liver, brain, eyes and other vital organs. Over time, high copper levels can cause life-threatening organ damage. Early treatment can help prevent permanent damage. Wilson disease treatment includes drugs that remove extra copper from the body and eating a low-copper diet.