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Does smoking affect liver function?

Does smoking affect liver function?

Risk of liver cancer: Tobacco smoking is a dose-dependent risk factor for hepatocellular cancer (hcc). Other risks for hcc include: male gender (3x risk versus female), alcoholic cirrhosis (4x risk), hepatitis b & c, cirrhosis of any cause, clonorchiasis, autoimmune chronic hepatitis, hemochromatosis, alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency, glycogen storage disease, porphyria, & membranous obstruction of inferior vena cava. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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 alcohol cause liver disease?

Does alcohol cause liver disease?

Yes: Chronic or excessive alcohol use is a major cause of liver disease worldwide. ...Read more

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Why does liver cirrhosis affect digestion?

Why does liver cirrhosis affect digestion?

Here is why:: Chronic liver disease, the advanced form of which is cirrhosis, can cause loss of appetite. fluid in the abdomen (ascites) may compromise your digestion, especially if infected. The blood vessels in your stomach and esophagus may become enlarged (varices) and are more likely to burst. portal hypertensive gastropathy may affect your digestion due to changes in the lining of the stomach. ...Read more

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How?Does ?Gallbladder disease affect the liver?

How?Does ?Gallbladder disease affect the liver?

Indirectly: Gallstones may sometimes exit the gallbladder(gb) and get stuck within the bile ducts that connect the liver to the intestine. This may block the liver, leading to jaundice and infections (cholangitis). Furthermore, the gb is attached to the undersurface of the liver; if the gb is inflamed, the liver can secondarily become inflamed, transiently affecting liver function. ...Read more

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How does alcoholism affect my liver?

How does alcoholism affect my liver?

Many ways : And none good. It interferes with effective functioning and detoxification of body wastes and can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How can cirrhosis of the liver affect sexual function?

How can cirrhosis of the liver affect sexual function?

Impotence: There is usually disordered catabolism of sex hormones leading to more estrogen in men that reduces libido and often causes impotence. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause non-alcoholic fatty liver?

Can lupus cause non-alcoholic fatty liver?

Autoimmune hepatitis: Lupus is associated with autoimmune hepatitis, not nash (non-alcoholic fatty liver). Nash is commonly see in settings of obesity, excessive alcohol intake, diabetes, high cholesterol. Both entities can occur together when respective risk factors for both exist. ...Read more

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What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

Multiple mechanisms: Mobilization of fat from tissues, depression of protein synthesis in the liver, nutritional deficiencies in chronic alcoholics and direct alcoholic liver injury contribute to accumulation of fat in the liver that may progress to cirrhosis. ...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 could chronic alcohol abuse affect cholesterol levels?

How could chronic alcohol abuse affect cholesterol levels?

May lower LDL: Especially when one is dying of liver failure, it's harder to make 'bad cholesterol'. This is little comfort. I'd rather die ten times from ten heart attacks than subject myself and those I love to life-destroying alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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How does cirrhosis affect my liver?

How does cirrhosis affect my liver?

Scarring: Scarring of the liver impairs blood flow (the liver acts as a kind of filter to remove toxins from the blood) which can lead to swelling of the legs and abdomen. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Yes.: Alcoholic hepatitis is hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) due to excessive intake of alcohol. It is usually found in association with fatty liver, an early stage of alcoholic liver disease, and may contribute to the progression of fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis . ...Read more

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Does antabuse (disulfiram) cause liver damage?

Does antabuse (disulfiram) cause liver damage?

Antabuse (disulfiram) & Liver: Hepatitis can occur after weeks or months of starting Antabuse (disulfiram). Baseline liver function tests are needed before starting Antabuse (disulfiram). ...Read more

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Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

See below: Scar tissue in the liver as a result of different kinds of injuries. The significance is related to the chronicity for the injury and especially whether the injury is ongoing. ...Read more

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How does chronic liver disease affect the heart?

How does chronic liver disease affect the heart?

Pressure: The liver performs many vital functions including filtering toxins and produicing things like natural anti coagulants. Impairment of these affects the heart along with other organs. When the liver is affected by things like cirrhosis, it can cause abnormal filling pressures within the heart. This, if untreated, can lead to failure of the right side of the heart. ...Read more

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Does drinking alchol affect multiple sclerosis?

Yes: Although minimal amounts do no harm in mild cases of ms, alcohol can affect an already troubled cerebellum and increase the problems re balance and speech. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more


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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more