Liver disease can be life-threatening. As one of Los Angeles' leading gastroenterologists, Dr. Sherman uses the most advanced techniques to diagnose liver problems in their earliest stages so they can be managed effectively for the best possible outcome.
The liver is a large organ that aids in digestion and helps filter toxins out of the body, and there are several diseases and conditions that can affect it, all of which can be caused by different contributing factors, including alcohol consumption, long-term use of certain medications including over-the-counter medications, immune system diseases, cancer and viruses. Obesity can increase your risk of developing liver disease. During your exam, be sure to provide Dr. Sherman with a complete medical history, including any over-the-counter medications or supplements you may be taking.
Liver disease can cause a range of symptoms, including:
jaundice, a yellowish appearance of skin or eyes that occurs when a substance called bile builds up in the liver
urine that appears dark
stool that appears pale, bloody or extremely dark
pain and swelling in the belly
nausea and vomiting
swelling the ankles and feet
loss of appetite
tendency to develop bruises easily
If Dr. Sherman believes the symptoms you're experiencing may be an indication of liver disease, he may order blood tests or diagnostic imaging studies including CT scan, MRI and ultrasound, or take a small tissue sample called a biopsy for further evaluation under a microscope.
The treatment for liver disease depends on the underlying cause. In some mild cases of alcoholic liver disease, for example, it may be successfully treated by avoiding alcohol consumption. When obesity is a contributing factor, the progression of liver disease may be halted by losing weight and controlling diet. Other diseases may require medication or surgery to treat. Dr. Sherman will discuss all your treatment options once the cause of your disease has been identified.
We accept most major insurance plans, however, at this time, we are not providers for any HMO plans. We will gladly bill your insurance plans for you, however, you will be responsible for any co-pays and/or deductibles.
Please familiarize yourself with your plans policies for GI care. Pre-certification may be required prior to treatment or testing. All billing inquiries should be directed to our office during normal business hours.
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