Cirrhosis Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

Liver issues can wreak havoc on your day-to-day living, especially if your condition is advanced. The team at Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland is experienced at diagnosing and treating liver disorders, including cirrhosis. It is the doctors’ priority to help you manage your symptoms and get you as healthy as possible and restore your lifestyle. If you would like expert care for your cirrhosis, call or book your appointment online today.

Cirrhosis Q & A

What is cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis of the liver is an advanced, chronic (long-term) condition of the liver that results from liver damage. When there is damage to the liver, healthy tissue is replaced by nonfunctioning scar tissue. As the condition advances, the liver loses its ability to function properly.

Cirrhosis is not a primary disease. Rather, it comes from another condition that has caused liver damage. Conditions that may lead to cirrhosis of the liver may be:

  • Chronic alcohol use
  • Hepatitis
  • Genetic disorders
  • Bile duct disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Coronary artery disease

Conditions that cause a buildup of fatty tissue, or prevent the flow of bile and other blood cleansing products through the liver, can cause cirrhosis and liver failure, if left untreated.

 

What are the symptoms of cirrhosis?

Symptoms of cirrhosis may vary and depend on the initial cause of the liver damage. Your medical team at Digestive Disorders Associates will do a thorough exam and ask you a number of questions to determine if you have symptoms like:

  • Spider veins
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Generalized itching

If your cirrhosis is advanced, you may notice more significant symptoms like:

  • Yellow-tinted skin
  • Yellow eyes (where normally white)
  • Bruising and bleeding easily
  • Swelling of the legs and feet
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Confusion and mental imbalance
  • Enlargement of testicles or breasts

Symptoms may get progressively worse and eventually result in complete liver failure. Treatment and long-term management of this condition by experienced medical professionals is very important.

 

How can cirrhosis be diagnosed?

Excellent treatment and long-term care begins with an accurate and thorough diagnosis. The professionals at Digestive Disorders Associates are experienced and highly skilled at proper diagnosis of this serious condition. Beginning with a thorough exam and health history, your medical team formulates a treatment plan that includes a series of diagnostic studies.

Tools that your doctor may use to assess and treat your cirrhosis may include:

  • Paracentesis
  • Liver function blood tests
  • Liver biopsy
  • CT or MRI
  • Ultrasound

These studies will allow your doctor a full understanding of the degree of your liver damage, and assist them in creating a specialized treatment plan for you. This plan will be essential for your long-term prognosis, and for the best possible quality of life as you deal with cirrhosis.

For excellent care and treatment of your cirrhosis, call or book your appointment online today.