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A 32-year-old member asked:

How many years you can live if your cirrhosis is not treated?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: How many years you can live cirrhosis will depend on how far along in the progression of liver tissue scarring. Life expectancy with cirrhosis is estimated to be about 15 to 20 years if cirrhosis is detected in the initial stage, and about 6 to 10 years in the second stage. These patients have enough time to undergo liver transplant. The life expectancy is about 1-3 years in the last stage.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Depends: On the cause and the severity. If it is alcoholic cirrhosis, stopping drinking can allow an individual who might otherwise live 1-2 years to live 5-10 years or more. If it is hepatitis c or b, not treating means the inflammation continues and the cirrhosis worsens, which will shorten your life. The average lifespan after cirrhotic patients develop symptoms is less than 10 years without treatment.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How many years you can live with cirrhosis?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
It depends...: The cause of liver cirrhosis has a lot to do with the answer to your question. Patients may live for many years with proper treatment and monitoring. However, there are fulminant forms of cirrhosis for which life expectancy without a transplant is weeks, months at best. Proper diagnosis and evaluation will chart the course for both treatment and prognosis.
Last updated Nov 24, 2016
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