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A 34-year-old member asked:

What can i do if my dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, how serious is this?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Extremely: Cirrhosis may reverse some if the cause can be removed or kept at bay. Otherwise, the only hope is liver transplantation. If the drinking is out of control, he's not a candidate. If there's another cause & he's alcohol-free, he hasa realistic hope for many more great years. Without definitive treatment, the outlook is usually very poor and management is only palliative.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How serious is stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Synonyms: Cirrhosis of the liver is synonymous with the microscopic image classified as"stage 4". Cirrhosis per sevis largely asymptomatic. However, end-stage liver disease, manifested by ascites, jaundice and other manifestations can quickly lead to death.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Stage 4 is a histological (microscopic) term that denotes the presence of established cirrhosis in the liver. Cirrhosis itself may be asymptomatic or may develop symptoms of liver failure, such as jaundice, ascites, bleeding or encephalopathy, among others.
A 34-year-old member asked:

My dad has cirrhosis of the liver, what are his options?

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Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
Hepatology 23 years experience
Hepatologist: If the cirrhosis is still stable, perhaps treatment geared toward the cause should be addressed. If it is advanced and signs of liver failures exist, then hepatologist referral and evaluation for a liver transplant are options.

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