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Dr. Ira Katz
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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In my report, my GI stated my 'liver feels soft on palpation, 3-4cm ' what does this mean?

In my report, my GI stated my 'liver feels soft on palpation, 3-4cm ' what does this mean?

Liver edge: A normal liver feels soft and the edge of liver can be palpated below the ribcage around roughly that distance, If there are no symptoms associated then it may mean normal liver however without whole clinical picture the comment is null. ...Read more

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My liver function is still abnormal, but my us was normal. I'm being scheduled for a GI consult. What are they looking for?

My liver function is still abnormal, but my us was normal. I'm being scheduled for a GI consult. What are they looking for?

Liver problems: It sounds like your doctors are trying to understand why your liver function studies are abnormal, and they want help doing that. What did they explain to you? ...Read more

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Got checked with GI. told me have dypepsia with fatty liver (as shown in songraphy test). I am non-smoker and non-drinker. Have acid reflux. Pl. help.

Got checked with GI. told me have dypepsia with fatty liver (as shown in songraphy test). I am non-smoker and non-drinker. Have acid reflux. Pl. help.

Fatty liver: Non alcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD - pathologically known as non alcoholic steatohepatitis - NASH) is common and varies rather dramatically in presentation and progression. Not sure what you might need help with. Should discuss your particular case with GI as to specific recommendations - such as lower fat diet, taking meds, etc. ...Read more

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Should i get a second opinion if my GI tells me I am going to need a liver transplant? He seems to get offended if i "question his diagnosis"

Should i get a second opinion if my GI tells me I am going to need a liver transplant? He seems to get offended if i "question his diagnosis"

from a transplnt ctr: Your doctor's personality issues aside, unless he is a transplant hepatologist you'll have to get a second opinion- from a doctor at a transplant center. The decision whether a person should undergo liver transplantation is complex and ultimately can only be made by the transplant team. ...Read more

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Does GI or internist do tests for cirrhosis of the liver?

Both; Gi can biopsy: Either can do the history, physical, appropriate blood tests, and order supporting imaging studies, like sonograms. Gi docs are trained to do liver biopsies (so can interventional radiologists, but they generally get smaller bits of tissue) when needed to diagnose and stage the disease. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are high. An ultrasound was clear. Now I have to go to a GI. What can I expect and what could be causing this?

My liver enzymes are high. An ultrasound was clear. Now I have to go to a GI. What can I expect and what could be causing this?

Many causes: There are many reasons your liver enzymes can be high. If it was a one time test, lab error is possible. Some people have a benign disorder where liver enzymes are elevated due to a genetic disposition, and if this is the only symptom nothing more needs to be done. A blood test will tell. Many viral infections can cause elevated liver enzymes, again, blood tests can given an answer to this. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis and experience pain under right rib cage. My GI said liver was inflamed and prescribed tramidol. How serious is this condition?

Serious: Cirrhosis is a serious condition, and can lead to liver failure. The tramadol will help with pain, but you need to make sure you follow their instructions. ...Read more

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I see a GI doctor for the first time today for elevated liver ezymes, what should I expect on my first visit?

Expect : a session of history taking vital signs and an exam. probably will also do lab work. good luck..BTW stop using tylenol or any drinking of alcohol if you do do either ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more