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cirrhosis of the liver

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Tyler
42 years experience Geriatrics
Scars in the liver: Chronic inflammation of liver cells can result in permanent scarring to develop in the liver. This is called cirrhosis. Common causes are excess alcoh ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
38 years experience General Surgery
Many causes: Cirrhosis is the way the liver heals itself after repeated, severe or ongoing insults. These can be multifactorial, such as toxins (alcohol, certain ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, in ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Rahimi
8 years experience Hepatology
Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis B or C) or alcohol related. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No it is not: Cirrhosis is not cancer.It is caused by chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by scar tissue and regenerative nodules lea ... Read More
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
?: There is no "safe" way to treat cirrhosis. Shirt of a liver transplant, not much we can do to improve survival.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Burgett
8 years experience General Practice
Many things: Cirrhosis is a scarring of liver tissue that results from chronic liver disease and leads to a decline in liver function. The most common causes of c ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Late: The disease is progressed to the point that the body is seeking alternative blood flow pathways. Needs gi/hepatology care.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Cheng
34 years experience Transplant Surgery
Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is s ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
In the final stages: You get something called hepatic encephalopathy. Look it up. You need a liver transplant at that stage. It is treated with dietary restriction bu ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Fatty liver.: Steatosis of liver is fatty infiltration of the liver. Liver cells become infiltrated with fat, fatty acid chains (triglycerides). Most common causes: ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Four stages: Check out livestrong.Com/article/114296-four-stages-liver-disease that should explain it fairly well.
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Gilly
38 years experience Addiction Medicine
Unfortunately ...: This is a slow gradual process. The liver functions similar to a municipal waste water treatment plant. When it no longer works, toxins and waste pro ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Multiple: The most common causes of liver cancer are cirrhosis and hepatitis b. Cirrhosis can be caused by any type of hepatitis (alcoholic, infectious, autoim ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Spector
24 years experience Addiction Medicine
#1 is Blood test: I'm really not sure what is meant by "personalized medicine" (i guess i thought all medicine was personalized!) but the tests that are needed for poss ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Four stages: Initial firbosis cirrhosis final there is a good article at livestrong.Com/article/four-stages-liver-disease/.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes and no: No need to have a liver biopsy to diagnose liver cirrhosis. Sono of liver or MRI liver will be able to tell you if you have liver cirrhosis. Not all ... Read More
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
See below: Scar tissue in the liver as a result of different kinds of injuries. The significance is related to the chronicity for the injury and especially whet ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Liver failure means that the liver is no longer functioning effectively and there are many causes for this, including end-stage cirrhosis of the liver ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mohammed Shafi
35 years experience Gastroenterology
Normal liver functio: All the three conditions can have fluctuating levels of ast and alt (liver functions).So it is possible to have normal lft's sometimes with cirrhosis ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Absolutely: Of all the diseases that will kill you if untreated, classic hemochromatosis (which claimed the life of my grandfather and uncle) is the easiest to ma ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience Geriatrics
Causes of Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis means "fibrosis". The most common cause is due to excessive alcoholic beverages, other common causes are viruses like hepatitis b or hepatit ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Biopsy: Blood tests and imaging studies can suggest a diagnosis of cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tiss ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Liver Disease: I think you may be mixing up your words and diagnoses. The last stage of cirrhosis is death. That is why everything possible is done before one get's ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saira Dar
Dr. Saira Dar answered
22 years experience Family Medicine
There is no timeline: Betty, there are several causes of cirrhosis. Depending upon what the mode of liver injury is, there can be variation in timeline. Typically, it is a ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Rahimi
8 years experience Hepatology
Depends: Liver cancer can arise from cirrhosis which is called a primary liver cancer or hepatocellular cancer (HCC), or a secondary liver cancer meaning the c ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
No: Only a portion of people infected with hepatitis b die from cirrhosis and liver cancer. Cirrhosis is a far more frequent option than cancer, but some ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common caus ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arlene Garcia
31 years experience Gastroenterology
Scarring of the live: Cirrhosis of the liver refers to scarring and distortion of the architecture of the liver cells. Cirrhosis is the end result of an insult to the liv ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Cirrhosis: Weakness, decreased appetite, weight loss, nose bleeds. More serious are jaundice, confusion, impotence, swelling of abdomen & legs.
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Cholestyramine is an effective, safe and non-addictive remedy.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Spector
24 years experience Addiction Medicine
Really????: I'm not sure what you mean when you say they "did ok" but if that means a slow, painful death, then yes, they did "ok!" i'm not trying to be combativ ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends: Most cirrhosis in the world is caused by either hepatitis b or hepatitis c, and both of these viral diseases can be treated with antiviral agents. In ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Transplant : Only real treatment is transplantation. That being said things can be done and medications prescribed that help minimize or manage systemic effects.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ew Christensen
27 years experience Family Medicine
Fatty Liver: Fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis and cause liver failure. However, you can a change fatty liver if you have not progressed to the point of cirrhosis ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is end result of scarring. It can happen due to other disease processes that can cause scarring including autoimmune hepatitis, hemochromato ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Medications: Dear hamster, your physician knows your full medical history. There are a number of different types of medications for sleep. With your health proble ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: Cirrhosis is one of the most common causes of liver cancer.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moseri
43 years experience Addiction Medicine
Prevent cirrhosis.: You can prevent liver cirrhosis by avoiding IV drug abuse with risk of hepatitis c, b, excessive alcohol abuse/dependence, .
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
25 years experience Internal Medicine
No: In general, it would be a good idea to minimize salt intake and also protein intake if cirrhosis is advanced. But otherwise you should eat well-balanc ... Read More
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