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How Does Hepatitis Affect My Liver
Inflammation: The causes of hepatitis are several, but i'm assuming you mean to discuss viral hepatitis. By constantly causing inflammation to the liver, the liver eventually loses its ability to regenerate quickly, and starts to become fibrotic, and then cirrhotic, which decreases its function. Eventually, this may lead to the risk of liver cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
It mostly doesn't: There was some concern about buprenorphine having liver toxicity, particularly in people with hepatitis C, but multiple studies have not shown that to be the case. However, there is evidence that people on buprenorphine who have active hepatitis C may have reduced metabolism of buprenorphine and may need lower doses, or get more side effects with higher doses. High dose IV bup may cause problems. ...Read more
Many detriments: Medical problems from alcoholism include: depression, anxiety, suicide, liver failure, encephalopathy (brain problems), malnutrition, heart problems, ulcers, lung problems, aspiration pneumonias, esophageal problems, GI bleeding, kidney disease, bladder cancers, intestinal cancers, other cancers, bone marrow suppression, (need we go further?). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My liver enzymes are 40 U/L. Is this high? How does antibuse affect the liver? How does lovistatin affect the liver?
Which one?: There are two liver enzymes that are monitored. Either way the value you gave is within normal limits. Lovastatin can cause liver enzymes to go up and liver enzymes need to be monitored when you are started on Lovastatin or similar medications initially. Antabuse (disulfiram) is used to help alcoholics quit drinking. It affects how alcohol is metabolized in the liver, but does not affect the liver itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If pure, it doesn't: Opioids have little effect on the liver, but can cause gall bladder spasm, and even pancreatitis in some sensitive people. The major liver problems that result from heroin use are NOT from the heroin, but from contaminants in the drug, or sharing of needles and injection paraphernelia, or non-sterile injection techniques. Hepatitis B and C are the most common in the US, with cirrhosis&liver cancer ...Read more
About half the people who have systemic lupus erythematosus develop some form of kidney inflammation, called lupus nephritis: This inflammation can lead to kidney failure, but the course of the lupus and the pattern of its effects on the kidneys is quite variable and hard to predict. Initially, lupus nephritis may cause no signs or symptoms. But if inflammation is widespread and persistent, it leads to impaired kidney function, indicated by: Foamy urine due to increased protein in the urine, Brownish urine due to blood in the urine, Elevated creatinine in the blood, High blood pressure, Swelling (edema) of the feet, lower legs and occasionally the eyelids. If you're diagnosed with lupus, your doctor will likely recommend tests to evaluate your kidney function. If a problem is detected, your doctor may recommend a kidney biopsy to help determine the severity of the kidney disease and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Liver disease: The most important function of the liver is the clearing of toxins from the blood as well as produce substance that are necessary for daily living. A diseased liver can not do neither of them well. ...Read more
Bad if untreated: An immuno-genetic disease, of which 90% are female, typically 40-60 years old. The disease affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common. Early symptoms are fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. Untreated pbc leads to progressive liver failure with its sequelae. Advanced age, liver/spleen enlargement, ascites, low albumin, fibrosis, cirrhosis predict worst prognosis. ...Read more
It can kill you: Your toughest organ is your liver, and it's among the least likely to develop problems. The good news is that most liver disease is manageable if it's detected early by an evidence-based physician. Hepatitis c, hepatitis b, hemochromatosis, wilson's, the biliary cirrhosis family and autoimmune hepatitis are all manageable nowadays/. ...Read more
Here is why:: Chronic liver disease, the advanced form of which is cirrhosis, can cause loss of appetite. fluid in the abdomen (ascites) may compromise your digestion, especially if infected. The blood vessels in your stomach and esophagus may become enlarged (varices) and are more likely to burst. portal hypertensive gastropathy may affect your digestion due to changes in the lining of the stomach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pressure: The liver performs many vital functions including filtering toxins and produicing things like natural anti coagulants. Impairment of these affects the heart along with other organs. When the liver is affected by things like cirrhosis, it can cause abnormal filling pressures within the heart. This, if untreated, can lead to failure of the right side of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatotoxicity: A 2004 study in brazil found that marijuana users had elevations in their liver enzymes, pointing to possible hepatotoxicity. I agree with my colleague that other causes of jaundice need to be investigated, but chronic marijuana use itself may injure the liver also. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15448809. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on you: If you are indeed an alcoholic, and have an associated nutritional deficiency, you could acquire wernicke-korsakoff syndrome with incoordination, gait imbalance, visual problems, confusion, and memory loss. Not unique if alcohol abuse to eventually develop brain atrophy and dementia. However, all is secondary to abuse, as moderation does not result in the above. ...Read more
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