What is Hepatology?
Hepatology is an emerging field of medicine, primarily concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and management of diseases related to liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and biliary tree. The term Hepatology itself mainly stands for ‘liver study’, which is why it is recognized primarily for liver-related disorders and problems. Hepatology used to be a traditional subspecialty of gastroenterology, but the distinction of liver diseases and advancement in medicine has generated Hepatology as a field of its own.
Who is a Hepatologist (Liver Specialist)?
Hepatologist is a specialized doctor who specifically treats liver disorders. They are also known as ‘liver doctors’ and ‘liver specialists’. Hepatologists mainly assess, diagnose and manage viral hepatitis diseases. Hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death in Pakistan. Approximately 15 million people are affected by hepatitis B and C annually, resulting in liver cancers and liver transplantation. Thousands of new cases are diagnosed every single day due to inadequate use of sterilized injections, blood transfusions and alcohol consumption. Given the advancing liver diagnosis and treatment, the field of hepatology is simply growing. Most of the hepatologists in Pakistan, are gastroenterologists who have further specialized in treatments for liver diseases and liver transplantation.
When to consult a Hepatologist?
A Hepatologist in Pakistan will be referred to a patient in case of blood diagnosis which indicates liver cancer or any other underlying liver disorder. A hepatologist can also be consulted for other medical reasons such as jaundice, hepatitis, drug overdose, gastrointestinal bleeding, enzyme defects, gallstone, pancreatic inflammation etc. In cases of diseases strictly related to liver disorders like Hepatitis C, there is no doubt about Hepatologist being a better option than other specialists. A Hepatologist is usually better trained and thoroughly updated with the latest medical treatments. Although, if a hepatologist is not available, a gastroenterologist can also be consulted for liver disorders in emergency cases. Usually, your general practitioner will refer you to a Hepatologist in case of severe liver malfunction.
Liver Diseases | Services of a Hepatologist
Hepatologists in Pakistan are well-qualified, experienced liver doctors treating all kinds of liver problems. They may perform certain procedures and tests such as liver biopsy for an accurate diagnosis. Some of the major ailments treated by a liver specialist are;
Viral Hepatitis A,B, C, D & E
Fatty Liver Disease
Alcoholic liver diseases
Hepatocellular carcinoma (Liver Cancer)
Inflammation of the pancreas
Certified Hepatologists in Pakistan | Just a Click Away!
Most of the Hepatologists are board certified Gastroenterologists or simple ‘General Physicians’, who has specialized in ‘Hepatology’ fellowships with their study focus on liver diseases. It is important for a Hepatologist to carry a license for practicing from a recognized board or state. Pakistan has many top qualified Hepatologists who are the best in their field. In order to help you, Healthwire is providing you with easy access to Pakistan’s Best Hepatologists. Healthwire is associated with PMDC certified Hepatologists. You can find the complete list of both male and female Liver Specialists from all over Pakistan with their detailed information of expertise, practicing location, and timings. You can easily book an “Online Appointment” or even Opt for “Video Consultation” at your own ease, Anywhere, Anytime all over Pakistan by either Calling us at 04232500989 or download our Healthwire App to book appointments.