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Liver Disease Specialist

Jeffrey H. Sherman, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Jeffrey H. Sherman, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Los Angeles, CA

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.

Liver Disease Q & A

What causes liver disease?

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.

What symptoms does liver disease cause?

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

  • itchy skin

  • persistent fatigue

  • nausea and vomiting

  • swelling the ankles and feet

  • loss of appetite

  • tendency to develop bruises easily

How is liver disease diagnosed?

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.

How can liver disease be treated?

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.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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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