Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi

Hepatology
Indianapolis, IN
25 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Mediteranian diet: Avoid high carb, high fructose corn syrup and excess calorie.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Chornic hepatitis B: Hepatitis b surface antigen is a blood test that confirms the presence of chronic hepatitis b.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Stop treatment: If the viral load increases during treatment--it means viral breakthrough and your treatment is no longer effective. Please discuss with your provider... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
No: Upto 15 cms is normal for r lobe.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Fatty liver: Increased echogenicity is related to fat deposition. This could be from diabetes/ obesity or excess alcohol use. Talk to your doctor to help with thes... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Asymptomatic: Symptoms from hemochromatosis are from damage related to excess deposition in organs such as liver, pancreas, skin, heart and joints. Not sure as to ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
No: Stopping depends only on loss of hep b surface antigen and development of hep b surface antibody and not dna levels. Talk to your liver doctor.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Probably: Some antibiotics interfere with metabolism of alcohol and cause side effects from that.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Don't take: Muscle enhancing products often have versions of Anabolic steroids that can cause liver failure.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Inflammation: Infection or inflammation causes mucus in stool.
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Curable: Hepatitis c is curable. Almost all insurance cover treatment. Copay may be different.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: The current generation of antibody tests are very accurate but active disease requires checking the actual viral count by pcr based testing methods fo... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Healthy diet: Liver can heal completely with time. Maintain healthy diet. Avoid raw food for atleast a month.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Need to improve: Mbg of 179 is approx hemoglobin a1c of 7.9. You need to bring it down to 7.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Sure: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is one of the modt common antibiotic implicated in drug induced liver injury. However, the incidence of liver ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Balanced diet: Mediterranean diet and avoid high fructose corn syrup.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Pain: Could range from no pain to life threatening bleeding and severe pain.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yellow eyes: Jaundice is recognised by yellow eyes, pale stool and dsrk urine. Other symptoms may be related to the cause of jaundice.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Direct bilirubin: Ok if the direct bilirubin is normal. Probably gilbert syndrome.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Size of the molecule: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) is larger size and comes in solution where as pegontron comes as powder that needs to be reconstituted with saline bef... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: Majority of adult acquired hepatitis b is spontaneously cleared. In patients with chronic hepatitis b, statins should be safe to use as long as there ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
IBS: Possibly irritable bowel syndrome with constipation predominant symptoms. Please work with your physician to optimize bowel movements and rule out oth... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Many things: Drug overdose, toxins - chemicals or alcohol, viral hepatitis, fatty liver from obesity and rare genetic disorders.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Enzyme deficiecy: You could have alcohol dehydrogenase or aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme deficiency.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: High fiber and undigested starch is fermented in colon by bacteria resulting in bloatingand cramping---- your symptoms.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Low replication : If hep b s antigen is positive and e antibody is positive -- it suggests chronic inactive phase. If hep b surface antigen is negative, then you donot ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Start MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) and discuss adding other agents with your doc.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Cannot tell: Tatoos are a risk factor for acquiring hepatitis c. Sometimes it is contaminated ink while other times it is not adequately sterilized equipment. Not ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Colonoscopy: A skilled gastroenterologist who performs colonoscopy can resect the polyp.
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Needs monitoring: Liver cancer is usually seen with cirrhosis or hepatitis b. Discuss with your provider about the significance of this finding.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Pus in the liver: Collection of pus in the liver. It could be single or multiple.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
May be: Many supplements have been implicated in liver injury. Recent examples include hydroxycut --- things that contain greentea extract.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Stool softeners: Stool softeners and dulcolax suppository. If eating already, try miralax (polyethylene glycol). Inform the surgeon.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Many: Common causes include fatty liver from diabetes, alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis. But there are many other causes.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
1-2 days: Most of the time, it should not cause any symptoms. Rarely it can cause discomfort for couple days.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Topical spray: Do not rub. Can use 1% topical steroid cream. Rotate sites.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Yes: As long as there is circulating virus-- it can be transmitted through bodyfluids.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Minimize alcohol: Avoid obesity, alcoholism, marijuana and smoking.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 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.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 25 years experience
Perhaps an adenoma: Hepatic adenoma ( non cancerous) can increase in size during pregnancy. Please discuss with your doctor.
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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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