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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Overview of Liver Disease

Liver disease can develop and progress in different ways. Some liver diseases can be treated with medications or outpatient procedures, while ​​others may require surgery or liver transplant.

Baylor Scott & White Health has hepatologists on the medical staff who are trained to work with patients, families and colleagues in multiple fields to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage complications of liver disease.

Liver Conditions Treated

Some common liver conditions treated by our locations and physicians on the medical staff include:

  • Cirrhosis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis B
  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease​ (NAFLD)
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC)
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Wilson's disease
  • Acute liver failure
  • Toxic (drug-induced) liver injury
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Portal vein thrombosis
  • Ascites
  • Varices

Liver Disease Treatment

Some treatments used to manage liver disease include:

  • Diet changes, including limits on sodium or alcohol
  • Medication
  • Paracentesis to remove fluid buildup
  • Surgery
  • Liver t​ransplant

Specialized Centers for Liver Disease

A liver transplant is needed when the liver is failing and the organ is so damaged that it cannot perform its normal functions and medical interventions are no longer effective. Liver transplant services are available at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health and​ Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth.

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