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Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi

Hepatology
Indianapolis, IN
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

Indianapolis, IN

Address

1050 Wishard Blvd, RG 4100, Indianapolis, IN
Directions

Insurances accepted

No Value

About

Bio

Academic hepatologist working at a large tertiary care center in midwest

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hepatology

Gastroenterology

Languages spoken

Hindi, Telugu

Doctor Q&A

103 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Tests: Elevated liver enzymes may suggest ongoing injury but the amount of scarring is assessed by a liver biopsy. There are some non-invasive tests of fibro... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Avoid: Alcoholic liver disease can cause iron overload. But primary iron overload syndromes need to be evaluated if iron saturation does not decrease woth ab... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
May be: Many supplements have been implicated in liver injury. Recent examples include hydroxycut --- things that contain greentea extract.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Very rarely cured: Current treatments can only supress viral replication and rarely cure at 3-5% after 4-5 years possibly because it integrates into the host dna.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Minimize alcohol: Avoid obesity, alcoholism, marijuana and smoking.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Yes: Cirrhosis and alcoholism may cause hypogonadism.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Elevated: Level upto 29 u/l is normal for man. Several causes for elevation but you need two consecutive elevated values to entertain the possibility of liver ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Yes: Fatty liver frm too much carbohydrate diet can result in steatohepatitis and cirrhosis over 20-30 yrs.
A member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Depends on the cause: What is the cause of jaundice? If it is hep a -- it is feco-oral contamination. Good sanitation is important. If it is hep b or hep c -- avoid body fl... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Don't know: Being HIV negative doesnot mean that other stds are negative.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Stool softeners: Stool softeners and dulcolax suppository. If eating already, try miralax (polyethylene glycol). Inform the surgeon.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: There is published data about safety at this dose.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Perhaps an adenoma: Hepatic adenoma ( non cancerous) can increase in size during pregnancy. Please discuss with your doctor.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: No clinical relevance of the ratio when the liver enzymes are normal. Alt of 19 for woman and 29 for man. For patients with chronic liver disease i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: Caffeine is a mild laxative and does not work for everybody. People who present to physicians are generally beyond this stage.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Many: Fatty liver from diabetes or alcohol are common causes.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
? Fatty liver: Enlarged liver from fatty liver may cause this kind of pain.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Luminal (phenobarbital) GI symptoms: Please discuss with a physician about possibilities such as gastroparesis, hypothroidism, celiac or irritable bowel syndrome.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Severe abdominal pai: Hormonal contraceptives and pregnancy may increase the size. No way to predict a rupture.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Avoid blood exposure: Hcv transmitted primarily through blood. Avoid sharing razors etc at home. Obviously no sharing of needles. Hugging, kissing, sharing utencils should ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: More than 90% of adult acquired hep b clear the virus. You call it chronic if it is more than 6 months.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Yes: As long as there is circulating virus-- it can be transmitted through bodyfluids.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Pus in the liver: Collection of pus in the liver. It could be single or multiple.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Topical spray: Do not rub. Can use 1% topical steroid cream. Rotate sites.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Many: Common causes include fatty liver from diabetes, alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis. But there are many other causes.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: No evidence to suggest that liv52 would help. Please address the underlying cause of liver disease.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
4: There are four stages of fibrosis (scarring) and stage 4 is cirrhosis. When you say stage 4 cirrhosis--it is a confusing term since the europeans use ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
1-2 days: Most of the time, it should not cause any symptoms. Rarely it can cause discomfort for couple days.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
It doesnot: Strenuous exercise might increase liver enzymes due to leakage from muscle. This should not increase your bilirubin. In patients with gilbert syndrome... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Start MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and discuss adding other agents with your doc.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Mediteranian diet: Avoid high carb, high fructose corn syrup and excess calorie.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: You have ascites from cirrhosis. You may need to take the water pills regularly. Milk thistle has no role in this problem.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
No: I cannot think of a link between the two. Sometimes extreme stress to the body can cause amenorrhea---doesnot seem relevant here.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Yes: High fiber and undigested starch is fermented in colon by bacteria resulting in bloatingand cramping---- your symptoms.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Healthy diet: Liver can heal completely with time. Maintain healthy diet. Avoid raw food for atleast a month.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Don't take: Muscle enhancing products often have versions of Anabolic steroids that can cause liver failure.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Need to improve: Mbg of 179 is approx hemoglobin a1c of 7.9. You need to bring it down to 7.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Inflammation: Infection or inflammation causes mucus in stool.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Several weeks: If your jaundice is from alcohol use, you are probably better off being sober for ever. Otherwise, please talk to your provider and get bloodwork to d... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Probably: Some antibiotics interfere with metabolism of alcohol and cause side effects from that.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Chornic hepatitis B: Hepatitis b surface antigen is a blood test that confirms the presence of chronic hepatitis b.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Many things: Drug overdose, toxins - chemicals or alcohol, viral hepatitis, fatty liver from obesity and rare genetic disorders.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Enzyme deficiecy: You could have alcohol dehydrogenase or aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme deficiency.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Depends: Prognosis depends on the stage of cirrhosis or if there are sogns of decompensation. However, there is reversal of damage with treatment.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Anything: Creatinine elevations indicates renal insufficieny and elevated bilirubin indicates liver dysfuntion. These numbers need to be evaluated in clinical c... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Less than 2 drinks : More than 2 drinks per day or more than 4-5 drinks in one session os a problem for the liver and more or less everything else.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 24 years experience
Pain: Could range from no pain to life threatening bleeding and severe pain.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vuppalanchi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Vuppalanchi is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! My liver shows increased parenchymal echogencity what to do?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My doc did not tell me this. Thank u very much.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

NTR University of Health Sciences, Gandhi Medical College, India
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

University Hospital of Brooklyn (Long Island College Hospital)

Awards

Clinical Research Award, American College of Gastroenterology
Values Fund Award, Indiana University Health
Top Hepatologist , Second Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Gastroenterology
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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