Hepatitis Diagnosis & Treatment in NYC & Brooklyn

blood test form for hepatitis A, B, and C

What does my liver do?

The liver is a very important part of your body, which helps you to:

  • Digest food
  • Break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
  • Filter out certain toxins
  • Activate enzymes critical to your body function
  • Store certain vitamins for the body’s use

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes liver problems. Because your liver is responsible for many parts of your digestive health, hepatitis can cause serious digestive issues. There are several forms of hepatitis, including:

  • Hepatitis A: causes acute swelling of the liver and will usually only last for a few weeks
  • Hepatitis B: is the most common type of liver infection and can lead to chronic hepatitis, liver failure, liver cancer, and liver scarring (liver cirrhosis), but can often resolve over time
  • Hepatitis C: is often the most damaging form of hepatitis because it is the least likely to resolve over time and, like hepatitis B, can lead to chronic hepatitis, liver failure, liver cancer, and liver scarring (liver cirrhosis)

What causes hepatitis?

Causes of Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is usually caused by eating contaminated food or drink, which has traces of human feces.

Causes of Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is spread from person to person through one of the following:

  • Needle sharing
  • Childbirth (passing infection from an infected mother to child)
  • Contamination of blood from an infected person
  • Unprotected sexual encounters with an infected person

Causes of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C can usually only be transmitted when blood is contaminated, which often occurs when someone shares needles with another person who is infected with hepatitis C.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

The following symptoms of hepatitis may warrant a visit to Gotham Gastroenterology in NYC:

Hepatitis B Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellow eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite/Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Decreased energy

Hepatitis C Symptoms

  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Yellow eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Loss of appetite/Weight loss
  • Skin itching
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Decreased energy
  • Dark urine color

How is hepatitis diagnosed by an NYC gastroenterologist?

At Gotham Gastroenterology in NYC, we can diagnose and manage any form of hepatitis. Some of the hepatitis tests that we may use to screen for hepatitis include:

Hepatitis Screening in NYC

One or more of the following liver tests might also be conducted at Gotham Gastroenterology in order to examine the amount of damage that has been done to your liver:

  • Liver biopsy
  • Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE)
  • Liver ultrasound
  • Transient elastography

Who should be screened for hepatitis?

Some people are at a higher risk for hepatitis and should be screened. This includes those who:

  • Have HIV
  • Have had abnormal results from a liver test
  • Have had numerous sexual partners
  • Have shared needles with others
  • Are taking immune system suppressing drugs
  • Are living somewhere where hepatitis is common
  • Are living with someone who has hepatitis

Could hepatitis lead to complications if left untreated?

In the long-term, leaving hepatitis untreated can lead to serious health problems, including:

  • Liver scarring (liver cirrhosis)
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver failure

How is hepatitis treated at Gotham Gastroenterology?

Visiting one of our hepatitis specialists at Gotham Gastroenterology can help you to minimize any ongoing damage to your liver due to hepatitis. Some of the following hepatitis treatment options might be recommended to you by one of our caring and experienced physicians:

  • Hepatitis vaccinations to prevent other forms of hepatitis
  • Antiviral medications
  • Virus-fighting injections
  • Liver transplant

Schedule Your Appointment Today

For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology, contact our office at 212-794-0240. Our team of experts strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology for patients in NYC. You can also make an appointment by filling out a form.

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