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Dr. ASHRAF MALEK

Hepatology
NJ

About

Bio

Hi, I am Dr. Ashraf Malek. I am a hepatologist with special interest in liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplantation and management of hepatitis C/B. I am here to help with all your liver related questions and concerns. I truly hope you will find my answer very helpful

Specialties
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Hepatology

Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

Bengali, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

62 Answers
16 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Food: I assume you are taking interferon for hepatitis c infection. There is really nothing special to avoid while using interferon. But make sure you are w... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Low ALT, but normal : Normal value for alt and ast differs in various lab centers. As long as your alt value within that range, it is considered normal. However, alt value... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Several reasons: There are many reasons that can cause your liver disease. Such as, overuse of alcohol, virus, fat in the liver ( with obesity, diabetes, unhealthy di... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Differences: Main difference of acute liver failure and cirrhosis is that acute liver failure within very short period of time, somewhere between within one week t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Depends whether you have liver disease or not. It also depends on what type liver disease you have.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Not really: There is no real age limitation for liver transplantation. However, it depends on patients medical and functional conditions. For example, patient in... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Chances of liver cancer in patient with cirrhosis depends on their cause of their liver disease. Estimated risk ranges between approximately 2 to 7 %... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Iron overload: Iron overload are the diseases that cause excess accumulation of iron on various organs and in the long run cause serious damage to those organs. The ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Depends.: It depends on your your sex, type of drink ( different drinks has different concentration of alcohol) and pre-existing liver problem. For female more... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Affects other organ: Chronic ethanol not only cause liver damage, but also cause damage to heart, brain, mental function. In heart, it cause heart failure. In the brain it... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Yes/no: If you have personal history of liver disease, more specifically chronic liver disease it is harmful to drink alcohol (i guess that is what it meant w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Many: There are several reasons for enlarged liver, such as fatty liver (from obesity, diabetes etc), virus (hepatitis), alcohol, mediations etc. Occasional... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Varies: Feature of bile duct disease can vary from no symptom to abdominal pain, jaundice, itching, fatigue, recurrent infection. In late stage it can cirrhos... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Depends: There are some liver diseases that are related to pregnancy (common). On the other hand, someone may have pre-existing liver disease. Symptoms of preg... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Probably negative: What i understand from your question is that normal value of hepatitis C antibody is between 0.0 to 0.9. If your level is 0.1, which meaning it is neg... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Also depends: Agree with dr. Puppala. In addition, it may also depends on the geographic location of the patient. For instance, with the same score (model for end s... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
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Varies: Liver transplant life expectancy depends on the type of liver disease someone has prior to transplant. Such as, for hepatitis C 5 years life expectanc... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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No: I am not aware of any data suggest cranberry get rid of inflammation of the liver. Inflammation of the liver can be from various causes. Treatment is ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Elevated SGPT: Slightly elevated SGPT or ALT can be due to variety of reasons. This is one of the blood test of liver function tests. It will be helpful to know the ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
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Not really: In hemochromatosis, not only excess deposition of iron occurs in liver, pancreas, heart, joints but can also deposit in pitutary gland (gland in the b... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Medication: If you have autoimmune hepatitis, you should see a liver specialist. This disease can be treated with medication that suppress your immune system. If ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
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Really nothing: Hepatitis b carrier means low or no virus in the blood and persistent normal liver enzymes. Depending on your age you may probably need liver biopsy. ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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None: If hepatitis b positive person (positive hepatitis b surface antigen) receives vaccine for hepatitis b, it will not be effective. So, nothing will hap... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Depends: High bilirubin can be due to various type of diseases, including liver diseases, blood disorders. I am not sure whether your other liver tests are no... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
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Yes: yes, liver can bleed if it is punctured, especially a blood vessel is injured. The most dreadful complication is if bleeding occurs between the capsul... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
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Portal vein: doppler ultrasound of the liver was ordered to look at the portal vein, hepatic vein and inferior vena cava ( these are all veins around the liver). I... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Depends: As a general rule, first avoid heavy drink, which is for female not more than 2 drinks/day and for male not more than 3 or 4 drinks/day. If stabbed in... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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See doctor: If you have high liver enzymes and more importantly if it is persistent, you need to see a physician for further evaluation and testing.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Nothing really: No specific recommendation with jaundice in terms of eating. First and foremost important thing is that you need to seek medical attention to find th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Hepatology
For confusion: Alcoholics, who develop cirrhosis can have "encephalopathy", which is predominantly due to high ammonia. This can cause several symptoms, such as forg... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Hepatology
May be: There are some genetic factor causing autoimmune hepatitis. However, there is not a strong factor. Generally speaking if someone has autoimmune hepati... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Necrosis: Usually chemoembolization is done to treat liver cancer. When chemoembolization is done, it can affect non-cancer cells (liver cells), which can cause... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Depends: You can get hepatitis b through sexually, blood to blood contact and during birth . In us and other developed countries, because of universal vaccinat... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Mainly liver cells: Within the lobule of the liver there are hepatocytes ( liver cells) and sinusoids ( channels that carry blood).
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Hepatology
Serious condition: Acute fatty liver of pregnancy is a serious condition. It can be life threatening to both mother and baby. Treatment is immediate delivery. Unfourtuna... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
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Yes, can be: Encephalopathy has 4 stages, diagnosed clinically. There is one more non-clinical stage, which needs special testing. Encephalopathy can be reversible... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Several other things: I would also recommend that if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, make sure it is optimally controlled. Healthy diet, exercise, co... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Yes: Generally, untreated autoimmune hepatitis can cause cirrhosis over time.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Hepatology
May be: If your liver panels are high, which likely means your liver enzymes are high, you may have abdominal discomfort, because this could mean inflammation... Read More
A member asked:
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Specializes in Hepatology
No: Hepatitis C should not cause false positive Marijuana. Certain medications can cause false positive test for marijuana
A 57-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Hepatology
Treatment: There are two new drugs currently available for hep C. These are very very effective. If you have depression, you can be treated with these oral medic... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Possible: In most labs upper limit of normal AST is 40 U/L. Assuming this yours ALT is 57 suggest abnormal level. This could mean liver inflammation. The quest... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
? Fatty liver: I assume your enlarged liver is due to what is called Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and that is the reason probably ursodeoxycholic acid prescrib... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Many problems.: I am assuming liver showed slightly inflammed either on ultrasound/ct/mri. If this the case, first you should be check your blood tests, which include... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
None to pain, fever: When liver bile ducts decrease in diameter, this is called "stricture". It can be due to several reasons. There are also diseases which can cause decr... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Further workup: This could mean any type of liver disease or could be medication/herbs related (if you are taking it). You need further blood tests to evaluate for ca... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
You can: To my knowledge, there is no reports of injury to liver with this medication. Chronic liver disease, especially cirrhosis can cause osteoporosis, so ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Very unlikely: Generally, for men more than three drinks ( in gram more than 30 gm) and female more than two drink ( in gram more than 20 gram) can result in cirrho... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Several: In us there most common causes of cirrhosis are heavy alcohol use, hepatitis c and fatty liver disease. Hepatitis b is somewhat uncommon, because of u... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Hepatology
Possible: Bile duct cancer is usually aggressive. Often times it is diagnosed at late stage. In selected cases, liver transplantation can be as option in specia... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. MALEK is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Malek is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. MALEK is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you for this, I too also have depression and tested positive for her c
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Lost 40,still 200lb.Diet good.Still feel rough but disch '14! Thx :)
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