Liver Disease Specialist

GI Consultants

Bhavin Dave, MD

Gastroenterology located in Dover, DE

At least 30 million men and women in the United States suffer from liver disease. No matter what type of liver disease you suffer from, Bhavin Dave, MD, at GI Consultants in Dover, Delaware, is ready to guide you through management and treatment. To learn more, use the online appointment tool or call the GI Consultants office to get help today.

Liver Disease Q & A

What is liver disease?

Liver disease is actually a large group of different diseases that damage your liver. Some of the most common types of liver disease include:

Virus-caused liver disease

This category includes liver diseases caused by viruses, such as hepatitis C.

Alcoholic liver disease

This category includes liver diseases caused by alcohol and/or drugs, for example, cirrhosis and fatty liver disease. 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases

Nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases, such as steatohepatitis (NASH) are caused by fat buildup that's not related to alcohol use. 

Liver cancer 

Liver cancer, bile duct cancer, and liver adenoma are all in the liver cancer category.

Inherited liver disease

Inherited liver diseases include hemochromatosis and Wilson disease.

There are dozens of liver diseases, so if you have liver disease symptoms, it's important to see your GI Consultants gastroenterologist for a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis as soon as possible. 

What are the symptoms of liver disease?

Liver disease symptoms are different depending on the disease, the patient, and how advanced the disease is. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Leg swelling
  • Bruising easily
  • Yellow tint to your skin and eyes
  • Dark urine
  • Bloody, dark, or pale stool

Sometimes, liver disease doesn’t cause symptoms, so talk to your GI Consultants gastroenterologist about your liver disease risk factors to learn whether you need testing or treatment.

How is liver disease treated?

Liver disease treatment varies by specific disease, individual patient, and symptoms. The GI Consultants team uses the latest and most advanced scientific research and advances to determine the ideal approach. 

Liver disease treatment typically includes lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and a healthier diet. Medications like corticosteroids, antioxidant supplements, and calcium channel blockers can also help. 

For NASH, your GI Consultants gastroenterologist uses updated management guidelines including weight loss, abstaining from alcohol, and drug therapy when needed. 

If your liver disease doesn’t respond to treatment and you experience liver failure, a liver transplant is typically needed. But if you treat liver disease early, you can avoid serious consequences like liver failure.

Click the online scheduler or call the GI Consultants office for liver disease testing, diagnosis, and management today.