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1304 Somerville Rd.
Decatur, AL 35601

Office: 256-260-2333
Fax: 256-260-2336

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2011. Riverside Gastroenterology
1304 Somerville Rd., Decatur, AL 35601
256-260-2333

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Cirrhosis

Testing and Diagnosis

As a result of physical examination or testing, your healthcare provider may find some of the following signs and send you to Dr. Short for further evaluation and treatment:

• An enlarged liver or spleen
• Excess breast tissue
• Expanded (distended) abdomen, as a result of too much fluid
• Reddened palms
• Red spider-like blood vessels on the skin
• Smaller (contracted) fingers
• Small testicles
• Widened (dilated) veins in the abdomen wall
• Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
• Anemia (detected on a CBC)
• Clotting problems
• Liver function problems (detected on liver function tests)
• Low serum albumin

As part of your evaluation, you may need one or more of the following tests:

• Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen
• Endoscopy to check for dilated veins (varices) in the esophagus or stomach
• Ultrasound of the abdomen

Dr. Short may perform a liver biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of cirrhosis.

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