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ALT testing is a liver function test. It measures the level of alanine transaminase (ALT), an enzyme that is produced and used inside liver cells.
Small liver cysts may not cause any problems, however if you have a larger cyst or one that is causing symptoms they can be treated using several techniques such as: needle aspiration, using a sclerosant, surgery and medication.
The gold standard of diagnosing fatty liver disease is by liver biopsy. This involves having a hollow needle injected into your liver under local anaesthetic to collect a small sample of liver tissue.
A FibroScan® is a test that can reveal any fibrosis (stiffening) within the liver. It is a non-invasive test, so you do not need a biopsy or an injection. The Fibroscan® works using ultrasound and gives an immediate result.
Gilbert’s syndrome is often discovered unexpectedly when routine blood tests show a slightly raised level of bilirubin in the blood. The person affected usually has normal liver function test results.
Haemochromatosis treatment is straightforward. It involves taking blood a pint at a time to deplete the body’s iron stores in a procedure called venesection. A typical schedule could involve taking a pint of blood each week until serum ferritin levels are at the lower end of the normal range.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids. Globally, around 1 in 3 people are infected.
Treatment of chronic hepatitis C is important as clearing the virus from the body can prevent long-term liver damage, such as cirrhosis (irreversible scarring of the liver), liver failure and liver cancer. The treatments include: Pegylated interferon (an injection of a protein to stimulate the immune system to attack virus cells) and Ribavirin: antiviral tablets that are active against the spread of hepatitis C in the body.
Excess fluid can be drained from the abdomen if it is severe. You can also take diuretic ‘water’ tablets to increase urine excretion and you will be encouraged to follow a low-salt diet to limit fluid accumulation. Swollen blood vessels around the oesophagus can be treated to prevent bleeding using two main techniques these include: banding and sclerotherapy and a TIPSS: Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Stent Shunt.
The procedure involves making a small incision in the groin under local anaesthetic, and passing a flexible catheter (tube) into the hepatic artery via the femoral and coeliac arteries. The treatment is delivered by experienced interventional radiologists in The London Clinic’s state-of-the-art Hybrid theatre.
Analysis of a blood sample will show abnormally large, fragile red blood cells (megaloblasts) and a low haemoglobin count, but these are characteristic of all forms of anaemia. Usually, if atrophic gastritis (a thinning of the stomach lining) is identified at endoscopy, this is a very positive sign that pernicious anaemia has developed.
Portal hypertension is treated by trying to reduce portal vein blood pressure so that the formation of new varices and the build-up of ascites are prevented as far as possible.
The London Clinic is one of the few private hospitals that offers Selective Internal Radiotherapy (SIRT), a pioneering treatment used to accurately target primary liver cancer or cancer that has spread to the liver from other parts of the body such as bowel cancer.

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General enquiries: 020 7935 4444Appointments: 020 7616 7693Self-pay: 020 3219 3315

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Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3 219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708

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Breast services appointments: 020 7616 7653 Diagnostics appointments: 020 7616 7653 Endoscopy appointments: 020 7616 7760 Eye centre appointments: 020 7616 7768 Haematology appointments: 020 7535 5503 Kidney services appointments: 020 7224 5234 Liver services appointments: 020 7616 7719 Physiotherapy appointments: 020 7616 7651 Radiology appointments: 020 7616 7653

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