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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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Hepatitis

Testing and Diagnosis

A physical examination may show:

• Enlarged and tender liver
• Fluid in the abdomen (ascites) that can become infected
• Yellowing of the skin

Your doctor may order laboratory tests to diagnose and monitor the hepatitis, including:

• Abdominal ultrasound
• Autoimmune blood markers
• Hepatitis virus serologies
• Liver function tests
• Liver biopsy to check for liver damage
• Paracentesis (to remove fluid in the abdomen if necessary)

Treatment

Your doctor will discuss possible treatments with you, depending on the cause of your liver disease. Your doctor may recommend a high-calorie diet if you are losing weight.

Support Groups

There are support groups for people with all types of hepatitis, which can help you learn about the latest treatments and better cope with having the disease.

Expectations (Prognosis)

The prognosis for Hepatitis varies according to the type of hepatitis you have. Dr. Short will be happy to discuss your prognosis and answer any questions you may have.

Complications

Depending on the type of hepatitis, the following complications are possible:

• Liver cancer
• Liver failure
• Permanent liver damage

Other complications include:

• Esophageal varices that can bleed
• Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (fluid in the abdomen that becomes infected)

Calling your health care provider

Seek immediate care if you:

• Have symptoms from too much acetaminophen or other medicines -- you may need to have your stomach pumped
• Vomit blood
• Have bloody or tarry stools
• Are confused or delirious

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