Hepatology grew out of gastroenterology and become a subfield of it but has been emerging as a freestanding medical specialty. Westchester County Hepatologist studies liver disease. This includes, acute and chronic hepatitis, viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, genetic and metabolic liver diseases as well as others. It also includes the complications of these diseases such as liver cancer, liver transplantation, drug metabolism and immunology as it pertains to the liver.
A Westchester County Hepatologist specializing in diagnosing and treating liver disease. Usually this specialist is a board certified gastroenterologist with a clinical and research focus in liver disease. A hepatologist will study the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas as well as manage their disorders.
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The main reason for seeing a Westchester County Hepatologist are due to diseases and complications related to viral hepatitis and alcohol. With more implementation of vaccination and strict screening before blood transfusions, lower infection rates are expected. However, overall alcohol intake is on the rise, therefore the number of people with cirrhosis and other related complication is increasing.