Liver Disease and Alcoholism Treatment – Helen ‘Py’ Driscoll, M.D.

Liver Disease and Alcoholism Treatment – Helen ‘Py’ Driscoll, M.D.


– At Altamira I do see quite a few people who have liver damage. So normally what I do
is when I meet somebody and if they don’t have any
overt signs of liver disease, I check their labs about two weeks after they’ve come to Alta Mira after their first set of labs to make sure everything’s getting better. If it’s not getting better, then we think about other
causes of liver disease. The most common cause being non alcoholic fatty liver disease which is the most common
cause of cirrhosis in the United States now, and if they’re overweight,
or had been overweight, then that’s a possibility. I do some other exploratory tests for hemochromatosis which is a fairly, common problem in liver disease. And certainly the first round of tests we look for any viral hepatitides to make sure they don’t have Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C which some
of our patients have had. If things are well, and I don’t think they
need a consult soon, I’ll do an ultrasound to see if there’s any scarring, partly to get information, but also I can find it to be helpful to help motivate somebody to stay sober if they do get concerned about
their medical conditions. So I really try to be straight
forward, not frightening, but also use those issues as a motivator for them again to stay sober. (moderate jazz music)

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