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what choices do i have for treating chronic liver disease?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Depends on the cause: It depends on the etiology of the liver disease. If it is from viral hepatitis there are antiviral meds. If it is from obesity, weight loss will help. If it is from too much iron, phlebotomy can be done.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Depends on cause: Depending on the cause, chances can be very good. If due to alcohol, must stop drinking; if hepatitis viruses, there is rx, and must stop drinking; if iron overload- get bled; if autoimmune- get rx; if fatty liver-lose weight, rx diabetes. Chronic liver disease can be just that-chronic; with long term good quality of life. Lots of meds available to improve, or at least prevent progression.

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How long is the needle that is used for liver biopsy?

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Husbnd has stg 4 cirrosis liver cncer, I know the cirrosis is stage 4 but confused about how severe (what stage) liver cancer is?

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How probable is hepatitis carrier getting liver cancer?

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