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 breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
Mercy's renowned breast center offers award-winning care and Board Certified doctors. The Breast Center's comprehensive care is designed for women undergoing the journey to overcome breast disease.
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.
Dr. Paul Thuluvath, Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo are dedicated to diagnosing and treating liver and biliary tract diseases, including primary biliary cirrhosis, biliary cancer, and bile duct cancer. Patients from across the Baltimore region come to The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy for the progressive treatment options for liver and biliary diseases.
Primary biliary cirrhosis develops when the liver’s bile ducts are destroyed. A slow process, the destruction of the bile ducts eventually causes the liver to become inflamed. This inflammation then causes scarring of the liver, or cirrhosis. Much like other forms of liver disease, primary biliary cirrhosis permanently damages the liver as scar tissue develops. As more scar tissue builds up, the structure and function of the liver are affected. In addition to cirrhosis, primary biliary cirrhosis can lead to portal hypertension, enlarged veins, osteoporosis, liver cancer, and vitamin deficiencies.
Some people with primary biliary cirrhosis never experience any symptoms. If primary biliary cirrhosis symptoms do occur, they can include:
Primary biliary cirrhosis can be diagnosed using:
There is not a cure for primary biliary cirrhosis so treatment focuses on reducing symptoms, preventing and treating any complications, and preventing other conditions that may cause additional liver damage. Medications may be an effective treatment option when primary biliary cirrhosis is diagnosed early. In advanced stages of primary biliary cirrhosis, a liver transplant may be a treatment option.
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.
Serving as Assistant Chief of Gastroenterology at Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Michael Cox is a gastroenterologist with Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
When cancer runs in your family, it is hard to avoid. Certain foods, supplements and a balanced diet may help reduce your risks.