During your initial visit you will provide a complete medical history. You may undergo an appropriate examination. Some patients may require more detailed investigations. These will be arranged and the results will be discussed at a subsequent visit. If you require surgery, the options will be explained to you.
Yes, you do. As specialists, we can only review patients who have a formal written referral. This is in your best interest to ensure that you are seeing the specialist most appropriate for your condition. Without this referral letter you cannot reclaim your Medicare benefit to its maximum rebate.

The most important thing to recognise about liver disease is that up to 50 percent of individuals with underlying liver disease have no symptoms. The most common symptoms are very non-specific and they include fatigue or excessive tiredness, lack of drive, occasionally itching. Signs of liver disease that are more prominent are jaundice or yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine, very pale or light coloured stool or bowel movements, bleeding from the GI tract, mental confusion, and retention of fluids in the abdomen or belly.

Several types of tumors, both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) can develop in the liver. The most common type of liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). It accounts approximately 85% of primary liver cancers (cancer that originates in the liver). The liver can also develop metastatic or secondary tumors. These tumors have spread from cancer in another part of the body, like the breast, colon or pancreas. This is not called “liver cancer”; it is instead named for the part of the body where the cancer originated (e.g., metastatic breast cancer).

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are diseases caused by three different viruses. Although each can cause similar symptoms, they have different modes of transmission and can affect the liver differently. Hepatitis A appears only as an acute or newly occurring infection and does not become chronic. People with Hepatitis A usually improve without treatment. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can also begin as acute infections, but in some people, the virus remains in the body, resulting in chronic disease and long-term liver problems. There are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and B; however, there is not one for Hepatitis C. If a person has had one type of viral hepatitis in the past, it is still possible to get the other types.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the Hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_message color=”alert-success”]

Please discuss your symptoms with a specialist. You can call The Liver Centre WA to make an appointment: 08 6163 2800.