The study that concerns with the diagnosis, prevention, and management of diseases that affect the gallbladder, biliary tree, pancreas and liver for men and women. This specific term is derived from the Greek words hepatikos & logia, that respectively means liver as well as study.
Millions of people are affected by Hepatitis globally and are associated with several poor outcomes that include liver cancer and transplant. Specifically, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are the major causes of liver cancer, whereas alcohol abuse has been linked to the conditions like cirrhosis and other severe complications. Hepatologists mostly deal with the liver diseases that are alcohol-related as well as viral hepatitis.
The study used to be considered a subspecialty of gastroenterology, however, nowadays the physicians can specialize in hepatology, thats quickly emerging as a freestanding specialty as the liver is usually the focal point in hepatology.
Treatments: Steroid medication, endoscopic treatments, Antiviral drugs, Aggressive, surgery, Liver transplant.