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Dr. Anne Larson

Hepatology
Seattle, WA
36 years experience female

Locations

NW Hepatology

Seattle, WA

Address

1560 N 115th Street #207, Seattle, WA
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Fax

2066681342

About

Bio

Dr. Anne Larson received her BS & MD from the University of Washington (UW) and did her residency in Internal Medicine there, moving to San Diego for subspecialty training in Gastroenterology. She then did a further year of subspecialty training in Hepatology/Liver Transplantation at the UW, and then joined the faculty in July 1997. In 2007, she helped UT Southwestern in Dallas start their liver transplant program and in 2011 helped Swedish Health Systems in Seattle start their liver transplant program. She has returned to the UW as faculty and continues to care for patients with all types of liver disease.

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Hepatology

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143 Answers
202 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: These are different types of medications and do not interact with each other. Motrin is an NSAID which is both anti-inflammatory and for pain and fev... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Good News: This is a completely normal liver. Homogenous parenchyma means that the liver appears very uniform on the ultrasound.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
None: Lactulose is a sugar which is not absorbed (stays in the gut). If you take too much, you will have the side effects of increased diarrhea, gas and bl... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Many: There are many causes of liver injury and cirrhosis besides alcohol. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatitis viruses b and c, autoimmune liver di... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: These are different types of medications and do not interact with each other. You should discuss your pain medicine regimen with your doctor.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: There is usually no problem with drinking while taking omeprazole. Alcohol may interact with Omeprazole and increase both the risk and severity of the... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Maybe: Deficiency in choline, an essential nutrient, can worsen fatty liver. However, there are very few human trials looking at its use in the treatment of... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
SGPT = Liver Enzymes: Sgpt, also alt, is a liver enzyme. It is elevated when there is injury to the liver. The enzyme is also seen in muscle and can be elevated in people... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: While this probably will not hurt you, it is never a good idea to take more of a medication than what is recommended.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Diet and Exercise: Fatty liver is very common. It is generally associated with the metabolic conditions of diabetes, elevated triglycerides, being overweight, or polycy... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Likely Cirrhosis: I suspect you mean that the liver has become smaller. A liver which has cirrhosis will become smaller and shrunken. This is a bad sign of advanced d... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Underweight ...: Based upon your body mass index (bmi) you are considered to be underweight. Your bmi is 17.4, while 18.5–24.9 is considered to be normal weight.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
It depends: After gallbladder removal, the bile duct dilates a little and doesn't cause any problems. However, if the duct is dilated because of some blockage, th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Two ways: Hepatitis b is spread via sexual contact or via exposure to contaminated blood (such as IV drug use with shared needles, tattoos done in a non-sterile... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
For Years: In general, once cirrhosis develops, it usually takes another 8-10 years for the liver to "fail" or begin having problems doing its job. Having cirr... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Probably: If your hbsag has become negative and you have developed hbsab (surface antibody) and hbcab (core antibody), this generally means that you have cleare... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: Milk thistle is a good antioxidant and spirulina is a good souce of protein. They are safe to take together.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Liver Drainage: It means that the liver (or a part of it) isn't draining well. The blood leaving the liver is having trouble doing this. Usually, this is seen in th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
It depends: Most findings are benign. However, you need to ask your doctor what these mean - Do they appear benign? Are they worrisome for cancer? What are they... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Not Very: The interferons are not very effective for treatment hepatitis C. Depending on the type (genotype) of hepatitis C, the cure rate ranges from about 3... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
No: Foods should not cause a relapse. There is a very rare form of relapsing hepatitis a which can come back 1-2 times before it completely goes away.
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Blood tests: You usually see signs of this in the blood tests first (low albumin, elevated INR). Patients can develop fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (h... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
This : This is a very difficult situation. The transplant operation itself is costly, but a patient must also be able to obtain their medications and medica... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes!: There are several good medications which can treat hepatitis b virus infection. The two most commonly used are Entecavir and tenofovir. In addition,... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
??PTN: I don't know what you mean by ptn. However, hepatic encephalopathy generally refers to the confusion that patients with cirrhosis develop. The sick ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
See your doctor: These numbers are elevated and indicate that something is injurying the liver. This could be a virus or other cause. Your doctor should check furthe... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: Smoking can affect liver tests. Studies have found that smoking raises the serum γ-glutamyl transferase (ggt) level and decreases serum protein and ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
No Specific Order ..: There is generally no specific order. Once the liver begins to fail, large dilated veins in the esophagus can develop. In addition, fluid can begin ... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
No: Cirrhosis is associated with two other lung disorders which can cause similar symptoms to pulmonary fibrosis. These are called hepatopulmonary syndro... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
No: Your liver enzymes should not generally be elevated from an infection, unless the infection is because of a hepatitis virus. Also, if you've been rec... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Diagnosis?: In the setting of chronic liver disease, the liver enzymes themselves generally do not indicate how bad the liver disease is. They generally fluctuat... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Eat Healthy: There are no specific foods to get rid of fatty liver. However, the fat responds to a healthy well balanced diet with exercise. If you are overweight... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
It's variable: Some causes: Dying from liver failure varies depending on the person. People can have bleeding from blood vessels in the esophagus (varices) and die... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Most People Survive: Tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose is very serious. If discovered in time, the antidote will help prevent injury. Of all overdoses, <1% of patients... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
See your doctor: Godex is safe, but will not treat the hep b. You should see a specialist to determine if you need treatment. With elevated liver enzymes, you are at... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Not specifically: Studies show that curcumin is can exert anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, liver protective and antitumor activities. This may allow the liver more op... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Not good.: When a liver with cirrhosis is having trouble doing it's job, it's called end-stage liver disease. This means that the liver is beginning to fail. G... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
No Alcohol: The best thing that can be done is to not drink any alcohol. Also, there is some data suggesting that regularly smoking marijuana makes the liver dis... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
It is a bile acid: Primary bile acids are made in the liver and stored within the gall bladder. Urso is a secondary bile acid. It can be made by intestinal bacteria wh... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
It is a bile acid: Primary bile acids are made in the liver and stored within the gall bladder. Urso is a secondary bile acid. It can be made by intestinal bacteria whic... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: This can happen. You should call your doctor right away to let them know.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: Bilirubin in the urine makes it dark. It will generally stay dark no matter how hydrated your are.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
It depends ...: If you have an infection (such as hepatitis) both could become increased. Some other diseases, like mono, will increase both. You should definitely ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: Hepatitis A does not become chronic. Once infected, you should be immune. You should have no problem going abroad.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
No: There is no absolute age cutoff for liver transplantation. However, the older a person is the more likely they are to have other diseases which could... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Yes: This will not harm the liver.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Test Spouse: Mom should be tested to make sure that she doesn't have hepatitis B. If mom is not immune, she should receive vaccination for hepatitis B. If mom is... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Nothing: If you are talking about the vaccination, the standard course is generally 3 shots. If only 2 were given, the baby may still develop immunity. Pleas... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
You shouldn't: Although these are 2 different drugs, taken together they increase the risk of drowsiness and side effects
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 36 years experience
Treat the cause: In order to have liver enzymes improve, you need to treat the cause of the elevation. You should discuss this with your doctor and find out why the l... Read More
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Apr 8, 2013
Dr. Larson is a bright and caring physician.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Larson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Larson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have seen my family doctor. He say this is usually due to my fatty liver and a change of size. Due to my 2nd ultrasound it size of the nodule is the same. Doc recomme...Read More
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Thanks. I have PSC of liver and getting towards the end of the line. It’s difficult finding info about what dying with this disease will be like. Thanks again for your help. Mark
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What i mean doc is, am i allowed to work abroad if ever im a carrier of heba b? Im a nurse and would like to work abroad thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CTR

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Best Doctors in America, 2005 - 2013
Top Hepatologist , First Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Internal Medicine
American College of Physicians
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