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What is the definition or description of: alcoholic liver disease?

What is the definition or description of: alcoholic liver disease?

Definition provided: Alcohol is absorbed from the intestines and broken down in the liver. Some of the byproducts are toxic to the liver and at high enough levels, can lead to alcoholic hepatitis. This is usually self limiting when consumption is low and sporadic and is reversible. When taken excessively and chronically, it can lead to scarring of the liver, and in some cases lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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Baked beans ok to eat with mild fatty alcoholic liver disease?

Baked beans ok to eat with mild fatty alcoholic liver disease?

Yes: Beans are good sincethey are high in fiber, they help regulate your blood sugar and should not worsen alcoholic fatty liver disease. They also help to lower cholesterol by drawing bile from the liver and Gallbladder into intestinal tract as part of digestion. Best of health to you ...Read more

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What is alcoholic liver disease and how can it be prevented?

Liver Cirrhosis/stop: Alcoholic liver disease ends up causing irreversible cirrhosis of liver and is preventable by stoping the alcohol ingestion, that's the only way. ...Read more

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Safe antidiabetic in alcoholic liver disease?

Safe antidiabetic in alcoholic liver disease?

Antibiotic: There are numerous antibiotics that would be safe. However, of course every illness has its own prescribed regimen. Also if a hepatic impaired patient does have to take a medicine that can impact their liver then often the dose is lowered and liver function is followed closely. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of alcoholic liver disease?

ABDOMINAL DISTENSIO: Abdominal distension, yellow jaundice, edema of lower extremities, weakness, poor appetite, loss of weight, abdomonal pain, itching, nausea, vomiting blood, anemia and alcoholic facies. In end stage of aloholic liver disease it is hepatin encepalopathy with delirium and coma. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can be done for someone dying of alcoholic liver disease?

Is there anything that can be done for someone dying of alcoholic liver disease?

Yes: This is a time for reconciliation and forgiveness. I'd rather due forgiven as a young man than live to an old age, bitter and alone. Cherish the hope of a spiritual awakening at any time. If the person does sober up on receiving the diagnosis of "end-stage alcoholic cirrhosis", the disease may in fact regress. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How likely is a woman who drinks 1 or 2 drinks a day to develop alcoholic liver disease?

How likely is a woman who drinks 1 or 2 drinks a day to develop alcoholic liver disease?

Less likely: As a rule two drinks a day, say 2 units, like 2 glasses of wine or two beers, or two shots a day in otherwise healthy person with no evidence of any other liver conition is safe and is unlikely to cause cirrhosis of liver. ...Read more

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Does a normal liver biopsy rule out alcoholic liver disease?

Does a normal liver biopsy rule out alcoholic liver disease?

Yes: At least at the present time. Elevated liver enzymes come and go rapidly if one is drinking intermittently. If there's any concern, or if you're generally an anxious kind of person, think about keeping your alcohol drinking to a minimum. I'm glad you are health-conscious and wish you the best. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad has alcoholic liver disease, he's currently in the hospital?

What do you suggest if my dad has alcoholic liver disease, he's currently in the hospital?

Suggest about what?: If he is in the hospital, he should be seen by a liver expert to determine if it can be treated and he needs rehab as well. It is critical that he not drink again, but there are limits to what you can do for your father. I would strongly urge you to find a good Alanon meeting (you can look up local groups online) where they can help you deal with your reactions to your father's alcohol abuse ...Read more

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How could alcoholic liver disease have led to a brain bleed?

How could alcoholic liver disease have led to a brain bleed?

Thin blood: If your liver is really bad, the factors that help stop bleeding get low. What would be minor trauma can turn into major trauma in those that are coagulopathic (thin blood) from either illness or acquired from certain medications. Head trauma is deadly in those who have dysfunctional clotting systems. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...Read more

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Can Ayurveda or other alternative medicines cure alcoholic liver disease?

It depends on stage: First of all it can be reversed in earlier stages before full blown cirrhosis has set in, as that is irreversible
but no medicine will work unless you stop alcohol intake completely and for good. ...Read more

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My father has alcoholic liver disease, he's currently in the hospital. Will he recover?

My father has alcoholic liver disease, he's currently in the hospital. Will he recover?

Ask his doctors: Without knowing his full medical history& severity of liver disease, there is no way that I could give you an accurate answer. First and foremost, he MUST stop drinking completely. There are treatments, but if the liver disease is very severe, sometimes transplanation is the only option, and this is rarely done unless he has at least 6 months sober. Make sure liver specialist is involved in case. ...Read more

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How and why is there an increase in urobilinogen levels in hepatocellular dysfunctions like alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and malignancy of liver?

Obstruction: When the liver is prevented from doing it's job due to disease it shows itself through elevation of certain chemicals in the blood because it is being blocked by physical disruption of the anatomy and bile goes into the blood causing yellowing of the skin (jaundice). ...Read more

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Can there be any cure for alcoholic liver disease in Ayurveda or other alternative medicine.?

Can there be any cure for alcoholic liver disease in Ayurveda or other alternative medicine.?

Unfortunately no: When you say liver disease do you mean cirrhosis? Cirrhosis does not get better. Do you mean fatty liver? That can improve over time if the alcohol use stops and people get back to a normal weight. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Drank most nights for 3 years, just quit. Alcoholic liver disease possible, despite normal liver test? AST 16, ALT 18, Bili. 5, ALP 86, Plt count 174

Drank most nights for 3 years, just quit. Alcoholic liver disease possible, despite normal liver test? AST 16, ALT 18, Bili. 5, ALP 86, Plt count 174

You're good: Glad you quit. This isn't enough to give you cirrhosis, and without cirrhosis, your liver will heal itself magnificently after a week or two of sobriety. I've got an idea -- your liver loves it when you exercise. Why not really hit the fitness activities of your choice hard -- the quality of the people are much better than in bars, and you'll feel and look great. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with non alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, & enlarged liver. L have a spot on my arm at my vein like l got blood work don should l worry?

Diagnosed with non alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, & enlarged liver. L have a spot on my arm at my vein like l got blood work don should l worry?

Bruising?: When you get cirrhosis you tend to bruise easier, so if it looks like a bruise then that is expected. If it look red or swollen has someone check it. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for patients with decompensated liver disease?

What is the life expectancy for patients with decompensated liver disease?

Not very good: Without knowing more details it is hard to say but the life expectancy without treatment is likely 6 months to a year. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with suspected liver disease like hep a?

What is the life expectancy with suspected liver disease like hep a?

Excellent: Hepatitis a is seldom fatal, although there are some cases. Once you have recovered you are immune and should have a normal life-expectancy. Hep b and hep c, however, are another story. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with end stage liver disease?

What is the life expectancy with end stage liver disease?

Many factors: Depends on alot of factors, childs stage 4 without a transplant prob has two years. But it depends on ascites, increasing lft's, dt, s. Urea levels, should be eval. By a GI doctor. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for 60 year old man esrd, end-stage liver disease, hypertension?

What is the life expectancy for 60 year old man esrd, end-stage liver disease, hypertension?

Serious: You describe a very serious situation. One can't always predict longevity in people but with two major organ systems failing, long term survival isn't probable. ...Read more

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67 year old man diagnosed with stage 3 liver disease. One kidney removed due to cancer. PSA level is at 9. What is estimated life expectancy?

67 year old man diagnosed with stage 3 liver disease. One kidney removed due to cancer. PSA level is at 9. What is estimated life expectancy?

Normal: Assume that you will live out your years with the same chance as any of your friends of reaching 100. A majority of kidneys respected for cancer result in cure. Liver disease is largely reversible when the cause is found and addressed. If you can live clean and know the secret that the liver loves it when you exercise, then oil forward to many more good years. ...Read more

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How does someone get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

How does someone get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

NAFLD: Fatty liver is found in patients who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and other disease processes associated with metabolic syndrome. Some drugs can cause fatty liver. ...Read more

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What is the difference between non-alcoholic atty liver disease and liver cirhosis?

12: Liver cirrhosis is the final result of all forms of liver injury which are commonly alcohol, hepatitis c, b, certain drugs etc. Non-alcoholic liver disease is another form of liver injury which is a result of excessive fat deposition in liver cells and can result in liver cirrhosis in later stages. In earlier stages it will be causing liver inflammation also known as steatohepatitis. ...Read more

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Non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Told to eat high fat, low carb? And what are the #s of (low carb)

60 grams QD or so: No sugar, keep carbs to about 20 per meal. This is the equvialent of a slice of bread or an apple, 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup spaghetti per meal
fatty liver is caused to a large degree by the production in the liver of triglycerides in the process of storing sugars. Fructose is the worst of the sugars because it cannot be directly burned in the krebs cycle must first be stored as trig by liver. ...Read more

Dr. Gyongyi Szabo
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Alcoholic Liver Disease (Definition)

Alcohol is absorbed from the intestines and broken down in the liver. Some of the byproducts are toxic to the liver and at high enough levels, can lead to alcoholic hepatitis. This is usually self limiting when consumption is low and sporadic and is reversible. When taken excessively and chronically, it can lead to scarring of the liver, and in some cases lead to ...Read more


Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

Liver disease = hepatic disorder = condition associated with ...Read more