Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy is led by Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Chang, and Dr. Brendan Collins -recognized specialists in breast reconstruction and restoration.
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.
Patients seek the expertise of Dr. Paul Thuluvath, Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo at The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore for the diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases, including primary sclerosing cholangitis, as well as their skills in liver transplant management.
Primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic, progressive disease of the liver, causes walls of the bile ducts to become inflamed leading to scarring and hardening. The bile ducts eventually become narrow, prohibiting the free flow of bile from the liver. When too much bile accumulates in the liver, the bile seeps into the bloodstream damaging and shutting down the liver. Gallbladder ducts and pancreas ducts also may be involved which increases the risks for the development of biliary cancer or cirrhosis.
In the early stages of primary sclerosing cholangitis, symptoms may not be present. When they do occur, primary sclerosing cholangitis symptoms can include:
Often, primary sclerosing cholangitis is suspected after an abnormality appears in a routine blood test during a routine physical. Primary sclerosing cholangitis can be diagnosed through cholangiography, an injection of dye into the bile ducts followed by taking an x-ray or MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography). A liver biopsy also may be performed to diagnose primary sclerosing cholangitis.
The main treatment option for primary sclerosing cholangitis is to manage the symptoms and reduce the progression of the disease. Since primary sclerosing cholangitis usually ends with liver failure, a liver transplant is a treatment option for severe cases.
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. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
Learn about ulcerative colitis - diagnosis and treatment - from the perspective of a Mercy patient.