Specialized in highly complex hepatobiliary procedures, such as liver and pancreatic transplants - including combined transplantations of the pancreas and kidney - Hospital São Lucas Copacabana expanded its area of operation and created the Liver and Pancreatic Disease Center.
Being the first center dedicated to hepatobiliary diseases in the region, the unit, located in the Medical Center of Shopping da Gávea, southern area of Rio de Janeiro, has an outpatient care dedicated to assessment, diagnosis and monitoring of the patient. Among the liver diseases that most affect the population is liver steatosis which, according to the Brazilian Society of Hepatology, affects about 20% of Brazilians.
Excess fat in the organ is the main cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hepatitis C numbers are also alarming: there are an estimated 70 million people with hepatitis C in the world; of those, 2 million are in Brazil, 200,000 have cirrhosis and 20% of them will have liver cancer in five years of follow-up. Pancreatic cancer, on the other hand, is the most prevalent pancreatic disease, ranking fourth among the most common types in women and fifth among men.
In the clinical staff of the Liver and Pancreatic Disease Center are Dr. Eduardo Fernandes, Dr. Henrique Sérgio Coelho, and Dr. Silvio Martins, references in the field of hepatology.