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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely: Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Liver (Definition)

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


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What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

What's the average life expectancy for someone with liver failure?

Depends: There are 2 main categories of liver failure-- compensated or uncompensated. Compensated means that the liver while profoundly injured, can still perform basic functions. How long a person can live with liver failure depends on the reversibility of the injury and the severity of the injury. This can range from days to several months. Liver transplantation can be curative, in some cases. ...Read more

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Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Prognosis for total kidney and liver failure dyalisis not an option, what type of life expectancy?

Very poor: Unfortunately very poor however depends on what is meant my "total" failure. If complete kidney failure means not making any urine, then prognosis is typically days, up to 1-2 weeks w/o dialysis. If complete liver failure (your doctor would use prognostic tools such as meld and childs-pugh) and would consider lab values and signs/symptoms of liver failure and typically could be weeks to months. ...Read more

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I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?

I have graves disease, hepatitis c, and the onset of liver failure which is excruciatingly painful. What is my life expectancy?

See your doctor: I'm sorry to hear of your illnesses. However, your doctor is the best one to ask questions of this nature. S/he knows you and your entire situation, but we on healthtap have never even seen you. Life expectancy is quite variable with hepatitis c, as it can take multiple courses. Stopping alcohol would be a good step for anyone with hepatitis c. ...Read more

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Is it possible to suffer from acute liver failure at 17?

Is it possible to suffer from acute liver failure at 17?

Absolutely, yes!: It is fortunately less common these days, but acute hepatitis a/b can cause liver failure, and those of toxic side effects of medications especially chemo/biologic agents. Drug overdose such as tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause fulminant liver failure and aweful death. There are other causes, but less common. If you have trouble, please consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can acute liver failure cause something that could kill someone instantly?

Can acute liver failure cause something that could kill someone instantly?

Probably not: Probably not instantly, but true acute liver failure can kill a person in less than 24 hours if appropriate therapy is not instituted as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Does acute liver failure cause some imbalance that can kill a person instantly?

Does acute liver failure cause some imbalance that can kill a person instantly?

Acute failure risky: Acute liver failure can be caused by an event leading to sudden liver failure: tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, hepatitis infection, poisonous mushrooms, etc. Often the liver will recover, but death is possible. Interestingly, the cause of death in these patients is often brain swelling or bleeding. The brain swelling can result in herniation and death. Massive bleeding also can cause stroke and sudden death. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have acute liver failure?

How to tell if I have acute liver failure?

See a doctor: "acute" liver failure can be very serious and due to a number of causes, with the most common cause in the U.S. Due to overdose of tylenol (acetaminophen). I would seek medical attention immediately if you overdosed on tylenol (acetaminophen). If you notice any jaundice (or yellow eyes) confusion and easy bruising, that is concerning. See a liver specialist or your pcp so simple blood tests can be checked. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between acute liver failure and cirrhosis?

Differences: Main difference of acute liver failure and cirrhosis is that acute liver failure within very short period of time, somewhere between within one week to 26 weeks. Cirrhosis usually occurs over period of years. Other important point about acute liver failure is that life expectancy without liver transplant is extremely short (usually days to week). ...Read more

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If someone has acute liver failure and needs a transplant, how does the health team find a liver so quickly?

If someone has acute liver failure and needs a transplant, how does the health team find a liver so quickly?

They don't always...: Sadly, many more people can benefit from a liver transplant than there are transplants to be had. So, patients are stratified/triaged based on urgency of need, reason for liver failure, likelihood of post-operative compliance (take drugs, medical follow-up, avoid alcohol, etc.), home location, affordability, ; more. Please help by checking the donor box when getting/renewing your driver's license. ...Read more

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Is severe jaundice always present with severe acute liver failure?

Is severe jaundice always present with severe acute liver failure?

Yes: Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and especially the whites of they eyes, is a visible feature of increased bilirubin in the blood, which is always present in the event of liver failure. ...Read more

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Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

Is long term and short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating common after acute liver failure? What should I do?

LF cause above plus: Acute liver failure (alf) is a clinical syndrome characterized by the sudden onset of coagulopathy and encephalopathy. The outcome is unpredictable and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. ...Read more

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Husband recently had acute liver failure due to alcohol, past two weeks been drinking 15 shots of vodka a day. Should labs be checked? What will happen?

Husband recently had acute liver failure due to alcohol, past two weeks been drinking 15 shots of vodka a day. Should labs be checked? What will happen?

Yes: Your husband also needs psychiatric help as he suffers from alcoholism. Persistent alcohol consumption will lead to irreversible liver damage and death. Depending on his liver disease stage, the damage that he has caused so far could be reversed only if he quits drinking. ...Read more

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Could a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Could a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Yes: Living donor liver transplantation provides a liver for someone that has chronic or acute end-stage liver disease. There is often time to work up the donor over weeks and go through a thoughtful process in chronic liver disease, however in acute fulminant liver failure, there is life threatening complications measured in days, the whole process is sped up but should never compromise donor safety. ...Read more

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Could a live-donor liver transplant happen for someone with acute liver failure?

Yes: It can definitely happen, although it also depends on whether your hospital offers this service. ...Read more

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Might it be that a live-donor liver transplant happen in someone with acute liver failure?

Maybe: It would depend on the cause, but most cases of acute liver failure are infectious, and self limited, so ii doubt the patient would be a candidate. Check with a liver transplant program to find out more. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

Very serious!: Cirrhosis is a very serious condition, whether acute or chronic. The danger of chronic cirrhosis is the liver will become "fatty" and will not function properly. The liver filters the blood of toxins and medications, as well as break down fats and proteins, and is also responsible for blood clotting. When someone with acute cirrhosis continues to drink alcohol, the liver will be destroyed. ...Read more

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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely: Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

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Husband has cirrhosis alkaline phosphate 363. history of acute liver failure. Is that lab normal for cirrhosis? What does it mean?

Husband has cirrhosis alkaline phosphate 363. history of acute liver failure. Is that lab normal for cirrhosis? What does it mean?

It's a Liver: Function test which discloses OBSTRUCTION to the liver seen in advanced cirrhosis. Sorry to tell you...

Hope the info helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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Had a liver transplant 10 years ago when I had acute liver failure just had my yearly labs which came back with elevated liver enzymes is my liver fai?

Had a liver transplant 10 years ago when I had acute liver failure just had my yearly labs which came back with elevated liver enzymes is my liver fai?

NO You: Need to follow with your transplantation team (doctors) to make sure is not a sign of rejection or may need dose adjustment of your medications. ...Read more

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What to expect during end of life kidney and liver failure?

Peaceful end!: Both kidney failure and liver failure cause a sleep state such that patients die peacefully, without being aware of any discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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Is liver failure painful at the ascites stage? Is it better to put them down vs letting them live out the life in this condition? What is better?

Ask the patient: It could be painful, but it is never ethical to "put down" a human. Ask the patient what his/her wishes are for treatment or pain control. ...Read more

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If someone has ascitites, kidney failure, end stage liver failure, how long would their life span be?

Short: This unfortunate collection of organ failures is called hepatorenal syndrome, it is rarely curable and associated with a short life span. Dialysis and liver transplant may be needed. ...Read more

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My sister is 35 and was diagnosed with stage 4 liver failure. She's had hepatitis C for a few years now..... What's her life span going to be now

More info needed: Perhaps you mean your sister has cirrhosis? Does she really have liver failure? Life expectancy depends on how damaged someone's liver is, and what types of complications they have had. It is hard to predict what might happen to any one person though. I hope your sister is going to a doctor who has experience in advanced liver disease. This person can help her understand what to expect. ...Read more

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What diseases or conditions can cause liver failure, high blood sugar, and sugar in the urine I know someone that is in the hospital on life support and nobody can figure out what is going on. She has kidney failing, and is getting no oxegen because her f

What diseases or conditions can cause liver failure, high blood sugar, and sugar in the urine I know someone that is in the hospital on life support and nobody can figure out what is going on. She has kidney failing, and is getting no oxegen because her f

Diabetes: Diabetes can cause high blood sugar (glucose) and glucose in the urine. Also infections can raise the glucose level. Kidney failure can be a result of damage to the kidneys from poorly controlled or undiagnosed diabetes. She likely has a viral illness which exacerbated her diabetes and ultimately put her in kidney failure.
I hope she recovers.
Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more