Viral Hepatitis Basics
The liver is one of the most important organs in your body, and weighs about three pounds. It sits in the upper right side of the abdomen, below the ribs. The functions of the liver include: Making bile. Changing food into energy. Cleaning alcohol and poisons from your system.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. There are several known viruses that cause hepatitis including hepatitis A, B, C, D or E. Hepatitis is commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other causes including autoimmune hepatitis and the occurrence as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.
Symptoms of viral hepatitis may be vague and are often similar to the flu. Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B. Treatment options are available for patients with hepatitis. In addition, researchers are exploring new ways to diagnose and treat all forms of these diseases.
The liver is an organ that plays an important role in managing the body’s functions including: Stores certain vitamins, minerals, sugars and iron. Filters and detoxifies chemicals in what you eat, breathe and absorb through the skin. Regulates fat stores and controls production and release of cholesterol. Destroys poisonous substances. Changes the food you eat into energy, clotting factors, immune factors, hormones and proteins.Breaks down drugs and medications.
If you would like to see a GI doctor in Palm Beach to find out more about Hepatitis, please visit Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches. It’s a full-service gastroenterology practice specializing in diseases of the digestive tract and liver, including Hepatitis. Our GI doctors utilize a wide range of digestive endoscopy techniques.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
Our center for stomach diseases in Palm Beach is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility, specializing in Hepatitis, colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The GI doctors in Palm Beach, nurses and staff appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
With over 80 years of combined experience, our gastroenterologist Palm Beach Gardens performs thousands of procedures each year. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained GI doctors in Palm Beach. Our physicians are the foremost experts in Hepatitis, digestive wellness and gastrointestinal diseases.
Thank you for your interest in Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches. For more information on our gastroenterology center and stomach specialist Palm Beach, please browse our website, call or visit one of our office locations or send us a message on our ‘Contact Us’ page.