A 50-year-old male asked:
They say a liver commonly repairs itself from an acute damage that lasts for a very short time. so my question is, how can a decade old alcoholic person progress to liver cirrhosis? why does the liver stop repairing in that case?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Silviu Pasniciucanswered
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
A decade is a lot and no longer acute, but rather chronic damage, and once the liver’s ability to heal is overwhelmed, normal hepatic tissue is replaced with a fibrotic scar. Individuals are different in their ability to heal and recover with some extremely sensitive to such damage.
Reviewed Feb 15, 2022
Dr. Gurmukh Singhanswered
Pathology 51 years experience
Agree with Dr. P. Chronic alcoholism is not the same as acute hepatitis A from which liver can recover. Chronic alcohol use caused fibrosis and that is not reversible. Abstain from alcohol. There is no safe level.
Answered Feb 15, 2022
Last updated Feb 15, 2022
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