Liver Disease Specialist

Long Island Gastro

Gastroenterology Practice located in Syosset, NY

Board-certified gastroenterologists, Jaydeep Kadam, MD, and Kostas Sideridis, DO, specialize in evaluating the cause of abnormal liver tests. At Long Island Gastro in Syosset, New York, the team also provides comprehensive management services for acute and chronic liver disease, including all types of hepatitis. If you need follow-up care for abnormal liver tests, request a consultation with the liver disease experts at Long Island Gastro online or by phone today.

Liver Disease Q&A

What is liver disease?

Your liver is the largest organ you have — it’s responsible for assisting your body with digesting food, storing energy, and removing toxins.

When your liver isn’t functioning properly, it may be due to a variety of conditions such as:

  • Cancer
  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis (scarring)
  • Fatty liver disease

Your liver health may also be compromised by inherited diseases like Wilson’s disease — a condition that makes it difficult for your liver to remove excess copper, which can lead to brain and other organ damage.

What are the symptoms of liver disease?

The symptoms of liver disease vary based on the type of condition you have. Some of the most common indications there’s dysfunction in your liver include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Changes in appetite
  • Swelling in ankles and legs

You may also develop jaundice — a condition in which your skin and the whites of your eyes turn yellow.

How is liver disease diagnosed?

The team at Long Island Gastro offers testing for liver disease using the latest diagnostic technologies. They also specialize in evaluating the results of abnormal liver testing you’ve had previously.

The most common tests to confirm liver disease include:

  • Blood tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Ultrasounds

You may also need a biopsy — a surgical procedure to remove a piece of your liver for further evaluation at a medical lab.

The team at Long Island Gastro also offers on-site endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which combines the technology of endoscopy and fluoroscopy to pinpoint the cause of jaundice.

How is liver disease treated?

The team at Long Island Gastro treats liver disease with customized treatment plans that focus on the type of disease you have.

In many cases, your provider will recommend lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for liver disease complications. Changes may include losing weight and limiting alcohol use.

Other treatment strategies for liver disease include medication therapy and surgery. Your Long Island Gastro provider can determine the best course of treatment to manage chronic liver disease based on your medical history and the stage of your disease.

If you have hepatitis A, B, or C, your provider can recommend necessary treatments, such as home remedies and lifestyle changes to protect your liver health. If you have hepatitis C, you may need treatment with antiviral drugs.

If you need help managing acute or chronic liver disease, schedule a consultation at Long Island Gastro by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.