AMANINDER DHALIWAL, MD: A step forward in the treatment of liver disease | Health
Amaninder Dhaliwal, MD McLeod Digestive Health Center
According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of adults with liver disease diagnosed in the United States is around 4.5 million, and the disease is a factor in death of more than 40,000 people each year.
The liver is the second largest organ in our body, just behind the skin. It is about the size of a soccer ball and is located on the right side of our body, below the rib cage. Although the liver performs many essential functions, its main function is to filter blood from the digestive tract before it passes through our body. It also creates protein to help blood clot, metabolizes drugs, and produces bile to flush toxins from your body and aid digestion.
The term “liver disease” refers to one of the many conditions that can affect and damage your liver. Over time, liver disease can cause cirrhosis (scarring). As more scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue, the liver can no longer function properly. If left untreated, liver disease can lead to liver failure and liver cancer.
Advanced Endoscopic Gastroenterologists are specially trained physicians who help diagnose portal hypertension and perform liver biopsies by endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). Patients with these problems often require regular or multiple outpatient diagnostic procedures, including EUS. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) allows your doctor to examine the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, lining of the esophagus and stomach, and the walls of your upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.