Editor: Yukihiro Shimizu

Comprehensive Practical Hepatology

eBook: US $39 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $138
Printed Copy: US $119
Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-68108-206-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-205-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810820591160101


Acute and chronic liver disease is a global endemic healthcare concern. More than 500 million people around the world are infected with the hepatitis B or C virus. Approximately 500,000 patients die of hepatocellular carcinoma every year, implying that trained healthcare professionals and facilities for liver disease patients is a critical issue. Although promising therapies have been developed for viral hepatitis infections, management of liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma yet many patients suffer due to lack of adequate healthcare by professional hepatologists. This means that primary care physicians should be informed about diagnosing liver disease and the early management of viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Comprehensive Practical Hepatology provides readers current standard primary care guidelines for treatment and early stage management of patients with liver function abnormalities. This book provides a practical approach for physicians to apply on patients with apparent liver function abnormalities. The guidelines also cover:

Acute and chronic liver injury,

Information about the liver in systemic diseases,

Drug usage in liver diseases,

Surgical risk in liver disease patients, and,

Recommendations for pregnant as well as elderly patients.

Comprehensive Practical Hepatology thus provides complete practical advice on the management of liver diseases to non-hepatologists and general physicians.


More than 500 million people are infected with hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus, and 500,000 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma die every year. Therefore, a provision for those patients is an urgent and important issue worldwide. Although promising therapies have been developed for hepatitis viral infection, management of liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma, many patients may not have received them if they were not examined by hepatologists. As many patients with liver function disorder first consult non-hepatologist clinicians or general physicians, enlightenment of primary care physicians concerning early management of liver disease is important for eradication of viral hepatitis infection and eventually hepatocellular carcinoma. In this e-Book, I would like to provide a current standard guideline for primary care or early management of patients with liver function abnormalities, who are often seen in daily practice. This book provides practical advice on management of liver disease to non-hepatologists and general physicians for better treatment and prognosis of patients with liver diseases as achieved by hepatologists

Yukihiro Shimizu
Director, Gastroenterology Center
Nanto Municipal Hospital