Help for pancreatic, gallbladder and liver disease
Your liver is the largest organ in your abdomen. Its many functions include food digestion, energy storage and toxin removal. Your liver also makes a substance called bile that aids digestion. Your pancreas is a gland behind your stomach that helps break down food and produce hormones to control blood sugar levels. Your gallbladder stores bile until you need it, then pushes the bile into tubes called bile ducts that carry bile to your small intestine. Gallstones are one of the most common causes of blocked bile ducts. Blocked bile ducts may also be caused by infection, cancer or internal scar tissue. Blocked ducts can lead to liver failure.
Liver disease can impair the liver’s many important functions such as:
- Converting food nutrients
- Filtering harmful substances
- Producing proteins and enzymes
- Regulating clotting
- Storing vitamins and minerals
- Balancing hormones
- Producing bile for digestion
- Processing fats and assisting the immune system
Some patients with liver failure require transplant.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and liver biopsy
At Utah Gastroenterology, the ERCP procedure is what we use to examine your bile ducts and pancreas and take tissue samples if needed. We may also perform blood tests, ultrasound evaluation, upper GI studies, imaging scans, endoscopic ultrasound or liver biopsy.
If you need comprehensive and personalized care for pancreatic, gallbladder and liver disease, get in touch with Utah Gastroenterology. We can be reached at 801-944-3199 for information or to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Or you can use our online Request an Appointment form. Our patients come to us from Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Draper, Riverton, St. George, West Jordan, Cottonwood, Millcreek, Murray and Sandy.