Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a primary care doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy provides leading edge pain treatment options to patients throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
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.
Dr. Lisa Pichney is a gastroenterologist with The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy. She is known for her devotion to her patients and as an advocate for health screening and treatment.
Learn about ulcerative colitis - diagnosis and treatment - from the perspective of a Mercy patient.