Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Common liver diseases in Hong Kong:

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by a virus which damages the liver cells and impairs liver function. It is estimated that about 8% of the Hong Kong population are carriers.

An estimated 30% of Hepatitis B carriers will progress to chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. These complications usually develop during the ages of 50 to 60. To facilitate early diagnosis and treatment, Hepatitis B carriers should undergo regular tests to monitor the liver function.

Antiviral drugs are now able to suppress HBV replication and thereby reduce virus-induced liver damage.

Fatty Liver

The prevalence of fatty liver disease is increasing in Hong Kong. As the name implies, the main characteristic of fatty liver disease is too much fat stored in liver cells. The disease may progress to scarring and irreversible damage to the liver. In severe cases, it may even progress to cirrhosis and liver failure.

Fibrosis / Cirrhosis

Fibrosis is the process in which scar tissues begin to grow in the liver due to inflammation. When more and more scar tissues grow and replace soft healthy liver tissues, the liver will fail. This process is called cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis can lead to liver cancer and liver failure. It is therefore important to keep track of one’s liver condition, especially those at risk, by performing Fibro scan in an early stage.

Common diseases affecting the digestive system:

  • Heartburn
  • Malabsorption
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Esophagus problems
  • Intestinal problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, polyps and cancer

Diagnostic tests available at our clinic:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy