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Can a damaged liver repair itself over what time?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
The Liver: Yes. In general the liver is an amazing organ and in most cases once the problem causing liver damage is removed the liver can repair itself.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Does a damaged liver to repair itself?

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Dr. Scott Beede
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
To some degree: The liver does have a remarkable ability to repair itself, but it is not unlimited. It depends on the cause of the damage, length of exposure and whether the damaging problem can be stopped. Over use of alcohol, can be stopped, other causes, such as autoimmune causes not so much. The key is to find and treat any fixable causes before the liver's ability to repair itself has been exceeded.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How much time for a liver to repair?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
It depends: Running a marathon can kill off liver cells from the blood being diverted. They'll grow back in a few days -- even faster than your hair. Even if you've damaged your liver with drink to the point of cirrhosis, abstinence will allow for a fair amount of healing in many cases in a few months. New treatments that remove chronic viruses have cleared cirrhosis totally. Your liver's incredibly durable.
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