The Liver and Pancreas Center at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center - Houston, TX
7200 Cambridge St
, TX 77030
Services We Offer
Diagnosis and Management of Viral and Bacterial Hepatitis
Hepatitis refers to the inflammation of the liver and has a variety of causes (bacterial and viral) and is communicable/infections. Diagnosing hepatitis involves a physical exam and liver function test, with possible blood tests and liver biopsy. Managing hepatitis varies by strand, if it’s chronic or acute, and may involve antiviral drugs. Vaccines are available for Hepatitis A and B.
Evaluation of Abnormal Liver Tests
If a diagnostic liver test displays abnormalities, a biochemical serum evaluation can provide more information, particularly the type of liver injury (hepatocellular vs. cholestatic). The evaluation of abnormal liver tests is particularly useful in asymptomatic cases, and can track patterns and severity, as well as likely causes, of liver disease.
Management of Patients With Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension
Cirrhosis, or end-stage liver disease, often has a side effect of portal hypertension — high blood pressure due to restricted blood flow in the portal vein, the large blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the liver. Managing cirrhosis with portal hypertension often requires surgery, such as the TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) procedure.
A paracentesis, or abdominal tap, is a procedure that uses a needle or catheter to remove built-up fluid (ascites) from the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen for evaluation in a lab. A paracentesis can be used as a diagnostic tool for cancers or infection, or to treat painful swelling and other conditions by removing the excess fluid.
Treatment of Alcohol-Related and Metabolic Liver Disease
Treating alcohol-related and metabolic liver disease require lifestyle/behavioral changes. Liver diseases cause by excessive consumption of alcohol are fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, or cirrhosis (in order of severity), and all require abstaining from alcohol to treat. Metabolic liver disease is genetic, and is treated with strategic dietary changes and other interventions.
Treatment of Hepatitis C
Treatment of Hepatitis C (a viral infection of the liver that causes liver disease and liver cancer) involves antiviral medications and, in severe cases, liver transplantation. Medications include chemotherapy-like injections, which can carry debilitating side effects, and, increasingly, with oral medications. The exact regimen of medication depends on the Hepatitis C genotype present.
A liver transplant is a surgery to replace a person’s diseased liver with all or part of a healthy liver from an organ donor. Liver transplantation is performed in cases of end-stage liver disease/chronic liver failure, which is caused by conditions such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, viral hepatitis, or hepatic necrosis.
About The Liver and Pancreas Center at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center - Houston, TX
Visit The Liver and Pancreas Center at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center - Houston, TX located at 7200 Cambridge St, Houston, TX. As part of the CHI network, The Liver and Pancreas Center at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center - Houston, TX is dedicated to delivering high quality, compassionate care and access to Houston and nearby communities.