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A 54-year-old member asked:

What choices do i have for treating chronic liver disease?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 29 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 44 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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A 41-year-old member asked:

What sort of disease is chronic liver disease?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Many diseases: Chronic liver disease is an generalized term to describe any liver condition that affects the liver over time, of which there are many. Concerns regarding this are that if the condition is not treated, it may progress to liver scarring, otherwise known as cirrhosis.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
...and cirrhosis can lead to liver cancer. The term chronic liver disease is often applied when the liver function blood tests are elevated for more than six months. This signals to your doctor that the disease is "chronic" and may not resolve spontaneously.
Feb 12, 2012
A 43-year-old member asked:

In a nutshell, what is chronic liver disease?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Bucek
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Injured liver: In the USA the common forms of chronic liver disease are cirrhosis from alcohol use, chronic fatty liver from obesity and liver damage after viral hepatitis. Ongoing liver inflammation or scar from one of these is called chronic disease. The liver helps so many natural processes that people with liver damage have many troubles. Water retention, bleeding, food intolerance, low blood counts etc.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of chronic liver disease?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Maybe none: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Some esld causes: viral infection (b, c, CMV are common), familial (hemochromatosis, wilson's, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, others), toxic/environmental/occupational, alcohol related. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for chronic liver disease?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sanjay Bhat
Gastroenterology 37 years experience
1: Multiple blood tests to determine cause like hepatitis c, alcohol, iron overload etc., ultrasound and ct scan of liver and gold standard is liver biopsy.

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