Hepatology deals with the prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. Hepatology is a rapidly evolving field that will continue to grow and maintain excitement over the next few decades. Therapeutic options and diagnostic procedures in hepatology have quickly advanced during the last decade. In particular, the management of viral hepatitis has completely changed since the early nineties.
The department provides Emergency and Elective management to patients with liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases. With a rigorous academic program and constant monitoring, the department is able to provide protocol and evidenced based care to an increasing number of difficult to treat patients.
The department has initiated efforts to promote the study of Hepatobiliary Sciences as a super-specialty and initiated advanced training in the field of Hepatology and Transplant Hepatology.
Some of the most common ailments that are assessed diagnosed and managed by our highly qualified team of experts:
- Cirrhosis of Liver
- Hepato Cellular Carcinoma
- Chronic Liver Disease (Cirrhosis of liver)
- Non-cirrhotic Liver disease
- Cystic & solid tumours of Liver
- Pancreatic disorders like Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer
- Diseases of the liver related to excess alcohol consumption, including fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
- Viral hepatitis infections (hepatitis A, B, C and E). Over two billion individuals have been infected with hepatitis B at some point and around 350 million people are persistent carriers. With widespread vaccination and blood screening, the incidence of hepatitis B has significantly decreased. However, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are accountable for up to 80% of liver cancer cases.
- Drug overdose, particularly paracetamol overdose
- Gastrointestinal bleeding caused by portal hypertension linked to liver injury
- Enzyme defects causing liver enlargement in children, also known of as liver storage diseases
- Some tropical infections such as hydatid cyst, kala-azar or schistosomiasis
- Liver transplantation
- Liver cancer