Dr. Hina Ghafoor is a Board Certified primary care doctor who cares for patients of the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Westminster and Eldersburg communities at Mercy Personal Physicians at Reisterstown.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy is a leading neurosurgical center offering state-of-the-art technologies and clinical expertise to provide advanced treatment options.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
This 3D medical animation outlines the various functions of the liver.
When patients suspect liver disease, they seek the expertise of Dr. Paul Thuluvath at The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore. Dr. Thuluvath is considered one of the best doctors in the nation to diagnose and treat liver disease, including alcoholic liver disease. Dr. Thuluvath, along with Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo, works with patients to provide some of the best treatment options.
Alcoholic liver disease is injury to the liver due to alcohol abuse. The leading cause of liver disease is alcohol, which metabolizes in the liver. Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to acute and chronic liver disease. Patients with alcoholic liver disease are advised to have a preventive vaccination for both hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
Symptoms of alcoholic liver disease can widely vary depending on the stage of the liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease symptoms, which may not be noticeable until the disease is advanced, can include:
Alcoholic liver disease can be diagnosed through blood tests, a liver biopsy, and liver function tests as well as using CT scans or ultrasounds.
Liver damage is generally irreversible and progressively worsens with continued drinking. Early stages of alcoholic liver disease can be managed by not drinking alcohol. Some stages of alcoholic liver disease may respond to medical treatment, including steroids. However, other stages of alcoholic liver disease may require regular screenings because they may be pre-malignant conditions that could lead to permanent scarring of the liver. Advanced alcoholic liver disease may require a liver transplant.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
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Dr. Scott Huber is a specialist in The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease, part of Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
A patient of a team of Mercy doctors shares his struggle with achalasia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult.