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Is alcohol largely to blame for liver cirrhosis?

Is alcohol largely to blame for liver cirrhosis?

Not the major cause: Worldwide, viral hepatitis, particularly hepatitis b is the leading cause of cirrhosis. In the us, hepatitis c has now surpassed alcohol as the leading cause of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease, as well as the need for liver transplantation. Alcohol is a major cause, however. Other causes are autoimmune hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis. Wilson's disease is a rare inherited cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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How can alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

How can  alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

See below: Alcohol is toxic to the liver fat accumulates in the liver when drinking occurs this progresses to alcoholic helpatis and then to cirrhosis cirrhosis leads to nodules shich have no resemblacne to normal lobules of the liver-and it is all because the liver detoxifies alcohol and this alcohol is itsef toxic to the llvier cells. ...Read more

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How much alcohol continuation in my condition can make liver cirrhosis happen ?

How much  alcohol continuation in my condition can make liver cirrhosis happen ?

Alcohol: Difficult to answer, not knowing how much/how long, & what your liver function tests showed. ...Read more

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What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:-( ?

What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:-( ?

Poor prognosis : Renal failure in a patient with end-staged liver disease portends a very poor prognosis. Hepatorenal syndrome is complex and poorly understood but mortality is very high within weeks of development. While dialysis can prolong life, unless he is a liver transplant candidate, his quality and length of life will be severely curtailed. ...Read more

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My mother's sgot is 87 and sgpt 77, given I am not taking any drugs nor alcohol... Does that mean a liver cirrhosis or hepatitis?

My mother's sgot is 87 and sgpt 77, given I am not taking any drugs nor alcohol... Does that mean a liver cirrhosis or hepatitis?

You or mother?: Mild elevations in liver enzymes, unknown significance, if not from alcohol, medications then possible from obesity as this is a leading cause of hepatitis. Discuss with your doctor. Mild elevations are not uncommon and don't usually indicated cirrhosis, but still finding a specific cause is important. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have liver cirrhosis or not?

How do I know if I have liver cirrhosis or not?

Tests: You need to see a doctor, and he can tell by some blood testing, liver imaging (ultrasound or ct scan usually). If unsure, a liver biopsy can be done, if needed. ...Read more