Dr Mark Berzsenyi

Gastroenterology Hepatology Endoscopy


B.Sc. (Hons) (Melb), M.B., B.S. (Hons), Ph.D. (Mon), FRACP

Private consulting at Cabrini Medical Centre Malvern & Epworth HealthCare Richmond
Visiting Gastroenterologist at The Alfred Hospital & Adjunct Senior Lecturer Monash University Medical School.

Services

  • Gastroscopy is a procedure that lets a doctor look at the inside lining of the upper digestive tract. The upper digestive tract includes the oesophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach), stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
  • Colonoscopy is a test that looks at the inside lining of a person's large intestine. The large intestine is also called the colon. People have colonoscopy as a screening test to check for cancer in the colon or rectum. People can also have a colonoscopy for other reasons as well. Cancer screening tests are tests that are done to try and find cancer early, before a person has symptoms. Cancer that is found early often is small and can be treated easily more easily. Most doctors think that colonoscopy is the best test to screen for colon cancer.
  • Pillcam is a non-invasive test that provides pictures of the entire small intestine. It requires swallowing a small capsule that sends pictures wirelessly to a sensor belt around your waist. The small bowel is an area of the bowel that cannot be seen by normal Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy. Limited views of the oesophagus, stomach, and beginning of the colon may also be acquired. This test is usually performed to further look for gastrointestinal bleeding or anaemia where Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy found no cause.
  • Oesophageal manometry is a test that is performed to investigate difficulty swallowing and chest pain which is not due to your heart. It is also often used to further investigate severe acid reflux disease as an essential part of preoperative evaluation prior to antireflux surgery. A small tube is inserted in your oesophagus via your nose for approximately 10 minutes. You will then be asked to swallow water and information about your swallows will be recorded. It is a little uncomfortable because it has to be done while you are awake.
  • 24 hour pH monitoring is a test that helps determine the amount of acid reflux you have over a 24 hour period. A fine tube is inserted into your nose and down your throat and left there for the period of the test. This is usually well tolerated. It is often used in conjunction with Manometry. Before the test is done your reflux medications need to be stopped for 7 days.
  • Hydrogen/Methane breath testing for food intolerance. This is a simple to perform, non-invasive test that determines intolerance to such things as dairy and fruit. For example the test is begun by drinking a solution containing lactose if you were testing for dairy intolerance. Breath hydrogen and methane is sampled at baseline and at 30-minute intervals up to 3 hours after drinking the solution. Increased production of Hydrogen or Methane is a positive test suggesting poor absorption of the food.
  • Fibroscan is a quick simple test just like a mini ultrasound. It helps to determine if there is any scar tissue in the liver and is being evaluated as an alternative to performing a liver biopsy. It can be helpful in conditions such as hepatitis and fatty liver.

About Me

about Dr Mark Berzsenyi

I am a physician with sub-specialty training in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, and have completed a PhD. I have a public appointment at the Alfred Hospital and provide full private practice care at Cabrini Malvern and Epworth Richmond, including regular open access endoscopy lists.

I feel that integrated care between the specialist, GP and other health care professionals is imperative for the best patient outcomes.

My areas of special interest include:

  • Colon cancer screening
  • Coeliac disease
  • Food intolerances & Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux disease including Oesophageal manometry & pH monitoring
  • Diseases of the liver

I received my MBBS with honours from Monash University. This was followed by basic training at the Austin and St Vincent's hospitals in Melbourne as well as a year in Paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital. I subsequently undertook sub-specialty training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology as well as doing some additional training in General Medicine. Most of this training was undertaken at the Alfred Hospital. I am fully recognized by the Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for both Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy. In addition to my medical qualifications, I have a Science degree majoring in Microbiology and Immunology from University of Melbourne as well as a PhD from Monash University looking at ways of slowing the progression of liver disease in chronic HCV infection.

I am also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

I have greater than ten publications in international peer reviewed journals as first author, including a paper in Gastroenterology.

Information & Links

Dr Mark Berzsenyi's information at Cabrini Hospital Malvern

Dr Mark Berzsenyi's information at Epworth Hospital Richmond

Click on a link below to find out more information about:
Coeliac Disease
Colonoscopy
Constipation
Diverticulitis
Gallstones
How to get a Healthy Gut
Heartburn
Helicobacter
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Pillcam Procedure
Traveller's Diarrhoea
More Health Information Fact Sheets from GESA (Gastroenterological Society of Australia)

Locations

I practice at two of Melbourne's leading hospitals.
To book an appointment at your preferred location, call my administration staff on 03 9500 2931.

Cabrini Medical Centre

Suite 29, 183 Wattletree Road
Malvern VIC 3144

Cabrini Hospital Malvern for Dr Mark Berzsenyi
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Epworth HealthCare

Suite G1, 173 Lennox Street
Richmond VIC 3121

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Cabrini Medical Centre

Suite 29, 183 Wattletree Road
Malvern VIC 3144

Epworth HealthCare

Suite G1, 173 Lennox Street
Richmond VIC 3121