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A 40-year-old member asked:

For what length of time can a person live with only 35% of their liver?

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Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 34 years experience
It depends: There is no way to know what percentage of the liver is functioning. We do know that once 75-80% of the liver cells have been destroyed, the liver begins to fail. If people have more than that, the liver can function normally. If no further injury occurs, people can live for years.

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For what length of time can a person survive after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. William Walsh
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How much time a person with compensated cirrhosis of the liver can live?

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Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 23 years experience
Really depends: how long has the person has been known to have cirrhosis? any complications to date? 10-15 years is typical for someone fairly early in the course of the disease, and who is indeed well compensated with nl liver function and no end-stage manifestations, and risk factors that have now been modified.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can a person live without a liver?

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Dr. Rony Gorges
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
No : it's essential for life.

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