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Doctor insights on: Alcoholic Cirrhosis Of The Liver Treatment

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?

My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?

Depends: Regarding his diagnosis, stage 1 is early and likely reversible with weight loss, excercise, and a good diet. Avoiding alcohol abuse and getting vaccinated against hepatitis b is also as good idea. It is not end-stage liver disease. Life expectancy could be totally normal. ...Read more

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I have non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. What does it mean if my MCH and MCV are .2 higher than the normal range? Is that a sign of liver cancer or a blood cancer?

I have non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. What does it mean if my MCH and MCV are .2 higher than the normal range? Is that a sign of liver cancer or a blood cancer?

MCV: MCV is Hematocrit/Total RBC count and is a measure of average blood cell size. Alcoholism is a cause secondary to poor absorption or lack of intake of B12 and folate. The low B12 and folate is a deficiency that leads to enlarged cells. ...Read more

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I have alcoholic cirrhosis and am decompensated. I haven't drank alcohol in 5 yrs. My blood counts are normal. How is this possible?

I have alcoholic cirrhosis and am decompensated. I haven't drank alcohol in 5 yrs. My blood counts are normal. How is this possible?

Progressive disease: Historically, cirrhosis has been a progressive disease; once it's present, it can get worse even after medication is stopped. You may also have something else going on -- metabolic syndrome, iron overload, antitrypsin deficiency, or an allergy to one of your medications. I'm very pleased you were able to stop the alcohol -- this did save your life or at least give extra good time. ...Read more

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How do you deal with alcoholic cirrhosis?

How do you deal with alcoholic cirrhosis?

Stop drinking: Cirrhosis happens due to death of liver cells. They cannot be revived. However, liver is a big organ and if you stop drinking you can prevent further deterioration of your liver. ...Read more

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I am now 21 years. I have alcoholic cirrhosis. Will i die ?

I am now 21 years. I have alcoholic cirrhosis. Will i die ?

There is not enough: Information to answer that question (if you are asking about imminent death). Please speak with your physician about your prognosis and the seriousness of your illness. However, it is clear that if you have this condition and you continue to drink that you will likely die an early death. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can halt progression of alcoholic cirrhosis?

Is there anything that can halt progression of alcoholic cirrhosis?

Depends on stage: Fully developed cirrhosis is not reversible. Early stages could be checked with avoidance of alcohol. Liver transplantation is an option. ...Read more

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I am trying to get my brother (alcoholic cirrhosis) in to get an rx for naltrexone- he has never been offered it and is open to tx- cost?

I am trying to get my brother (alcoholic cirrhosis) in to get an rx for naltrexone- he has never been offered it and is open to tx- cost?

Depends: It depends on the pharmacy you go to ... You check the local pharmacies around you for pricing at www.goodrx.com but the tablet form is generally around 120$/month ... Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis without ascites and drinks at least a pint a day. was in acute failure 6 months ago. can he live years or months?

Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis without ascites and drinks at least a pint a day. was in acute failure 6 months ago. can he live years or months?

I'm so sorry: If I told you there are special ultrasound tests to help determine prognosis such as, (http://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3349/ymj.2016.57.1.138} it wouldn't help much really, would it? Please don't think about death. Try to salvage life, either yours or his or both. Get support from providers, clergy, friends, family, even bartenders-- it doesn't matter who. Thanks for reaching out. ...Read more

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Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis, drinks half gallon in 24 hours. diagnosed two years ago. still no ascites. is this something that progresses slowly?

Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis, drinks half gallon in 24 hours. diagnosed two years ago. still no ascites. is this something that progresses slowly?

Cirrhosis (diffuse: scarring throughout the liver) rate of progression is very variable yet one way, not reversible by any current treatments & tends to correlate with not only Etoh consumption by also type & severity of viral hepatitis (typically low grade & not diagnosed). Ascites=late symptom from obstruction of portal blood flow through liver, after esophageal, umbilical & perianal venous varicosities=advanced. ...Read more

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My dad has alcoholic cirrhosis. He received a dual transplant less then a yr ago. He drinks more now. He won't admit he has a problem any advice pleas?

My dad has alcoholic cirrhosis. He received a dual transplant less then a yr ago. He drinks more now. He won't admit he has a problem any advice pleas?

What ashame: Your dad was given a second chance. There are fewer liver transplant donors than there are potential recipients. What ashame if he is indeed not caring for his new liver by drinking alcohol heavily--a liver that could have been lifesaving for someone who might have better cared for it. Express to him your concern, ask to accompany him to his liver clinic, & get his permission to recruit their help. ...Read more

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What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

No alcohol: do not drink alcohol at all. You need to go to Alcoholic anonymous. Seek medical attention and ultimately if liver gets worse you will need a liver transplant, as long as you are alcohol free ...Read more

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Why do people with alcoholic cirrhosis have a worse prognosis than other causes?

Why do people with alcoholic cirrhosis have a worse prognosis than other causes?

Cirrhosis: People with alcoholic cirrhosis may do worse than other causes of cirrhosis if the continue to drink. If the stop drinking their prognosis will depend on their Childs classification that is residual liver function remaining, response to management and adherence to avoiding hepatotoxins and the rate of progression of disease and complications ...Read more

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Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

Diagnosed on history: One factor that makes it subtle is that the liver enzymes reflect only recent drinking, fibrosis reflects long-term drinking. So it may be overdiagnosed or missed. When it decomensates, the patient will know and testing may even be moot. ...Read more