Alaska Digestive and Liver Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis

The Alaska Digestive and Liver Disease Clinic provides evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive disorders.  Dr. Ronald J. Boisen and Dr. Daryl M. McClendon are both board certified gastroenterologists who specialize in disorders of the digestive tract and liver and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.  

Digestive Diseases and Disorders

Digestive diseases affect the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, and rectum.

Symptoms of a gastrointestinal problem include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

If you have severe gastrointestinal problems, you should have your gastroenterologist test for digestive diseases.

Liver Disease, Symptoms and Diagnosis

The liver is a vital organ that supports many of the body's organs, but it is also susceptible to a variety of diseases.  Some of the more common diseases that affect the liver are Hepatitis A, B, C, E, cancer, cirrhosis, fatty liver, and drug and alcohol damage.

Some of the main symptoms of liver disease include:

  • Jaundice
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Pale stools
  • Dark urine
  • Swelling of feet, ankles, and abdomen
  • Easily bruising or bleeding

Diagnosing liver disease is done with blood tests that can determine the extent of damage to the liver.  Sometimes CT scans or ultrasound tests, or a biopsy may be needed to gain additional information about the extent of liver damage.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any symptoms of a digestive disorder or liver disease and live near Anchorage, Alaska, call us at (907) 569-1333.  We can answer your questions or arrange an appointnment with one of our skilled GI doctors.