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Re: Which type of specialist should a Hep C patient see?

Re: Which type of specialist should a Hep C patient see?

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Posted by thanbey on October 12, 2000 at 00:18:54:

In Reply to: Which type of specialist should a Hep C patient see? posted by Gary on October 11, 2000 at 23:34:37:

: Can you please explain the difference between a gastroenterologist and a hepatologist? Which type of specialist should a Hep C patient see for advice and treatment?

: Thanks,

: Gary

Dear Gary,

A gastroenterologist is one step more specialized than a primary care physician. A gastro specializes in the digestive system (basically) and the diseases associated with stomach, esophagus, liver, pancreas, etc.

Some are surgeons and some are not. Most are. Some specialize in a particular area or disease and some are more generalists.

A hepatologist specializes in the liver and all things associated with the liver, including transplant. Some also specialize in particular diseases of the liver, such as cancer or primary biliary cirrhosis. They are usually attached to research university sites and teaching institutions. Only hepatologists perform liver transplants.

Either of the two specialties should be asked about their experience and number of patients with HCV.

The bottom line is to find a doctor whose expertise you trust and who has the potential to be a partner with you in your healthcare decisions.

I hope this helps,

thanbey

www.hcop.org


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