Las Vegas Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology located in Las Vegas, NV
Viral hepatitis can do a lot of damage to your liver even without you realizing you have the disease. At Las Vegas Gastroenterology in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, expert gastroenterologist Noel Fajardo, MD, and the team provide services for hepatitis B and C at the viral hepatitis clinic. To explore services like screenings, testing, and treatment, call Las Vegas Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.
Viral Hepatitis Clinic Q & A
What is viral hepatitis?
Viral hepatitis is a type of infection of the liver. There are three main viruses that cause viral hepatitis, and it’s important to note that they don’t always cause symptoms. The team at Las Vegas Gastroenterology specializes in diagnosing and treating the two following types:
Hepatitis B is a virus that spreads through bodily fluids like blood and semen. For some people, it’s a mild and temporary illness, while others have it for the remainder of their lives. It can lead to much more serious complications like liver cancer, cirrhosis, or failure. Fortunately, there is a vaccine available.
Hepatitis C is a viral liver disease with no vaccine. It only spreads through blood contact or through pregnancy from an infected mother to her infant. For some, it is mild. However, others can have it for the rest of their lives and get complications like liver cancer.
What is a viral hepatitis clinic?
Las Vegas Gastroenterology has a viral hepatitis clinic for diagnosing and treating hepatitis B and C. The team offers screening tests for people at risk for either or both types of viral hepatitis, like people with HIV and pregnant women.
For hepatitis C, everyone over the age of 18 should get tested. Hepatitis C is especially risky because it doesn’t cause any symptoms in about 50% of patients who have it, and there are about 50,000 new cases each year.
Hepatitis B affects fewer people because many are vaccinated during infancy or later in life. Fortunately, recent advancements in antiviral medications can help with both diseases.
Which services are available at a viral hepatitis clinic?
The viral hepatitis clinic at Las Vegas Gastroenterology offers comprehensive care for chronic and acute hepatitis B and C, as well as testing for both diseases. The services that you might need during your time at the viral hepatitis clinic include:
- Antiviral medication prescription and management
- Medication management for medications targeting your symptoms
- Nutritional counseling
- Regular liver function assessments
- Counseling for individuals and their families
The team customizes your treatment to ensure they hit every target in regards to your symptoms and complications. They can adjust your treatment if it's not working well and coordinate care with your primary care providers as well as any other specialists who you see regularly.
To set up an appointment at the viral hepatitis clinic at Las Vegas Gastroenterology, call the office or book online today.