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can someone tell me how long will end stage liver failure last?

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Dr. Bates Moses
Palliative Care 22 years experience
Depends on severity: You can get average survival or mortality data from tools used initially for determine surgical risk for cirrhosis pts. Search online for childs-pugh calculator and prognosis (the fluid drained is called ascites) (and compare with meld calculator and prognosis). You will then need to talk to your doctor about individualizing data from studies on patients that may not apply to your situation.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

How long can you live in liver failure before you need to have it replaced?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Variable: It is hard to answer without determining the severity of the liver failure. This can be measured by blood tests. In severe liver failure, patients may develop encephalopathy and become unconscious.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there easily recognizable signs of liver failure?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Jaundice: Liver failure, depending on how rapidly it occurs, will cause fluid in the abdomen(ascites), leg swelling, and a distinct yellow/bronze discoloration of the skin called jaundice.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if I have liver failure?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Liver failure: It means you could have hepatitis b/c, alcoholic cirrhosis , fatty liver, or autoimmune (your body produces antibody against your liver). It means you could bleed spontaneously. It means you may needs a liver transplant.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

The thought of getting liver failure scares me. What are risk factors for it?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Alcohol, Hepatitis: The common causes of liver failure are alcohol, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, and more recently non-alcoholic fatty liver disease associated with obesity.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does anyone know cause of liver failure?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Man causes: From viral hepatitis with one or more of 8 or more viruses, alcohol, fatty liver disease, and others. The liver is one of the more resilient organs in our bodies, but it has its limits.

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