Liver Disease Specialist

Hagerstown Gastroenterology

Chintamaneni P Choudari, M.D.

Gastroenterology Practice & Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located in Robinwood Professional Center, Hagerstown, MD

Your liver performs many vital functions, from helping digest food to storing energy. Any type of liver disease may affect these functions and lead to other health complications, including liver failure. Experienced board-certified gastroenterologist Chintamaneni Choudari, MD, at Hagerstown Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and management of liver disease. He offers state-of-the-art treatments and care specific to the underlying cause of your liver disease. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office in Hagerstown, Maryland, by phone or book online today.

Liver Disease Q & A

What is liver disease?

Liver disease is a general term that includes a number of conditions that affect the health and function of your liver. Types of liver disease include:

  • Viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, and C)
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Over time, your liver disease may cause scarring of your liver tissue that ultimately leads to liver failure, a life-threatening condition.

What are liver disease symptoms?

Liver disease symptoms vary in type and severity. Common symptoms of liver disease include:

  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Edema in your ankles or legs
  • Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Change in stool color (pale)

It’s also possible for you to have a type of liver disease and not develop any symptoms at all. However, if you’re experiencing these symptoms, or have any other concerns about liver or gastrointestinal health, contact Hagerstown Gastroenterology to schedule an evaluation. 

What can I expect during a liver disease evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see Dr. Choudari with concerns about liver disease. During your exam, he reviews your symptoms, medical history, and family history and then conducts a physical.

To determine the underlying cause of your liver disease, Dr. Choudari may request diagnostic tests, such as:

  • Blood test
  • Urinalysis
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI

In some cases, he may request a liver biopsy to assess the severity of your liver damage so he can provide the most effective treatment. 

How is liver disease treated?

Treatment for liver disease depends on the underlying cause and the severity of liver damage. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Diet modification
  • Abstinence from alcohol
  • Anti-viral medication

Once diagnosed with liver disease, Dr. Choudari schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor liver health and function and adjust your treatment plan as needed. With an early diagnosis and treatment, you may fully recover from your liver disease.

However, if you have severe liver scarring and are suffering from liver failure, Dr. Choudari may recommend a liver transplant.

Liver disease is a serious health condition that may cause irreversible damage to your liver. For expert care and treatment, contact Hagerstown Gastroenterology by phone or book an appointment online today.