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Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Yes: In severe alcoholic hepatitis, steroids (usually methyprednisolone or medrol) may help reverse some of the inflammation and allow the liver to heal. First and foremost, there must be absolutely no alcohol ever! other treatments, like beta blockers to prevent bleeding, vitamins (esp. Thiamine, Folic Acid and other b vitamins), good nutrition is essential. Other symptoms can be treated as well. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Does the body odor from my alcoholic husband mean liver failure?

Does the body odor from my alcoholic husband mean liver failure?

Possibly: Liver failure can cause foul breath odor called fetor hepaticus but it is a late sign of liver failure. His main problem is his alcoholism and that needs to be addressed. A doctor can perform certain tests to estimate the health of his liver also. ...Read more

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How many years of drinking heavily can it take for an alcoholic to get chronic liver failure?

How many years of drinking heavily can it take for an alcoholic to get chronic liver failure?

Depends: Unfortunately, too many variables to answer online--genetics, volume / concentration of alcohol, quality of alcohol, any other drugs/meds, any infections (acute or chronic), etc., can all impact how long a liver can hold out under toxic assault--could be a few to many years. Pro-liver-health supplements can help prolong this also. ...Read more

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What are the signs of liver failure because your an alcoholic?

Alcohol liver dz.: Sxs of liver disease due to alcoholism may include: nausea, vomiting, drop in appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain & bloating, yellowing of skin & eyes, itching, numbness of legs/ feet, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue & thirst. If you have these sxs - please get immediate medical help. You can work with an addiction medicine specialist & alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have stage 2 liver failure if you're an alcoholic and between age 27-35?

Is it possible to have stage 2 liver failure if you're an alcoholic and between age 27-35?

Sadly, yes...: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or proceed to liver transplantation). Check for secondary contributants to liver disease (familial, autoimmune, viral, toxic/drug-related, etc.) best wishes for your recovery but please stop drinking now. ...Read more

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Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?

Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?

Yes: Encourage your cousin to discuss her alcohol intake with the doctor. Doc probably knows already. Depending on other factors heavy drinking may not prevent transplant, but alcoholism needs a daily program of recovery, otherwise your cousin is at risk for death due to other causes besides her liver failure, namely fatal trauma, suicide & imprisonment, common in alcoholism regardless of economics. ...Read more

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How do you know someone is dying from liver failure? Mum is an alcoholic and has discharged herself from hospital a few times in the past week.

How do you know someone is dying from liver failure? Mum is an alcoholic and has discharged herself from hospital a few times in the past week.

You can't: The more important question is what support you are getting for yourself. Do you have a counselor to help you deal with this, or at least a trusted friend or relative? Have you ever been into alanon or alateen? Family members can petition a court for involuntary commitment. Liver failure produces jaundice, which gets worse, abdominal distension, edema in legs, easy bruising and confusion. ...Read more

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My husband is alcoholic and in pain in stoumach when he drinks he also has itchy skin but no rash could this b liver failure?

My husband is alcoholic and in pain in stoumach when he drinks he also has itchy skin  but no rash could this b liver failure?

Could be: It might just be alcoholic hepatitis, but it could also be cirrhosis. Alcoholics also commonly get gastritis, or inflammation of the lining of the stomach, so that could be involved as well. The itchy skin does suggest a liver problem. Is he jaundiced (yellow)? He needs help! please have him see a doctor. ...Read more

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My mother in law has end stage liver failure, the doctor prescribed methylphenidate 0.50 tab. Is that a wise choose since she is an alcoholic? We live

My mother in law has end stage liver failure, the doctor prescribed methylphenidate 0.50 tab. Is that a wise choose since she is an alcoholic? We live

Hard to say: You submit nine words describing the issue and want an analysis of the care given by a local doc.This doc has the benefit of a full history, exam, and a plan for treatment. Sorry, your brief description of the case leaves so many questions unanswered that there is no way to comment on one prescribed med. Sorry if you are confused or sad, but these are questions you should ask that doc,not on line ...Read more

Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Liver Failure (Definition)

Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions 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 ...Read more