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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed? Also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals? Biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely: Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Are liver failure and cirrhosis the same?

Are liver failure and cirrhosis the same?

Liver insufficiency: Cirrhosis is a chronic condition & means that there is fibrosis constricting the arteries. Veins and billiary ducts of the liver causing dysfunction. Cirrhosis is the end of the spectrum of hepatitis b or c and alcoholism. Cirrhosis may degenerate in cancer of the liver too. Liver failure may be caused acutely by toxicity from drugs, medications, venoms, lack of circulation to the liver, injuries. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between acute liver failure and cirrhosis?

What is the main difference between acute liver failure and cirrhosis?

Differences: Main difference of acute liver failure and cirrhosis is that acute liver failure within very short period of time, somewhere between within one week to 26 weeks. Cirrhosis usually occurs over period of years. Other important point about acute liver failure is that life expectancy without liver transplant is extremely short (usually days to week). ...Read more

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I wanted to know is cirrhosis the same as chronic liver failure?

I wanted to know is cirrhosis the same as chronic liver failure?

Probably: We don't use 'chronic liver failure', really - vs very much do use acute liver failure. But yes, I would imagine they'd mean the same thing if someone has chosen to use this term. ...Read more

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If someone is dying from liver failure due to cirrhosis, how do you know when the end is near?

Functional decline: End stage liver disease is characterized by jaundice (yellow eyes and skin), ascites (swoolen belly) and toward the very end, confusion, sleepiness and weight loss. Ultimately the kidneys also fail, so ther is less urine output. Most people will fall asleep into a deep coma as the end is near. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about end stage liver failure/end stage liver cirrhosis?

What can you tell me about end stage liver failure/end stage liver cirrhosis?

Can vary: Cirrhosis can lead to complications like fluid build up in your abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), varices that can bleed, and liver cancer (HCC) as well as easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice (elevated bilirubin) can occur. You need to be followed by a liver doctor who can manage and control the above signs/symptoms and discuss liver transplantation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some information about end stage liver failure/end stage liver cirrhosis?

Can you tell me some information about end stage liver failure/end stage liver cirrhosis?

Can vary: Cirrhosis can lead to complications like fluid build up in your abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), varices that can bleed, and liver cancer (HCC) as well as easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice (elevated bilirubin) can occur. You need to be followed by a liver doctor who can manage and control the above signs/symptoms and discuss liver transplantation. ...Read more

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What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?

What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?

Difficult to predict: Future, but these are serious conditions. A lot depends on cause of his liver disease and if it is treatable and his response to treatment. I have long since given up on trying to predict future transplant is option if it is not malignancy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?

Very serious!: Cirrhosis is a very serious condition, whether acute or chronic. The danger of chronic cirrhosis is the liver will become "fatty" and will not function properly. The liver filters the blood of toxins and medications, as well as break down fats and proteins, and is also responsible for blood clotting. When someone with acute cirrhosis continues to drink alcohol, the liver will be destroyed. ...Read more

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I'm chronic hepatitis b carrier. I tried treatment but no avail. What're chances of getting liver failure or cirrhosis?

I'm chronic hepatitis b carrier. I tried treatment but no avail. What're chances of getting liver failure or cirrhosis?

Actually low risk: Being a carrier confers little risk of liver failure/cirrhosis/cancer, but chronic, active hepb has a higher risk. Since you did not hve luck with therapy, the best you can do is nuture your liver--avoid/minimize alcohol/drugs, get vaccinated for hepa, eat a healthy, balanced diet along with maintaining ideal body wt (obesity increases risk), and follow-up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Husband has cirrhosis alkaline phosphate 363. history of acute liver failure. Is that lab normal for cirrhosis? What does it mean?

Husband has cirrhosis alkaline phosphate 363. history of acute liver failure. Is that lab normal for cirrhosis? What does it mean?

It's a Liver: Function test which discloses OBSTRUCTION to the liver seen in advanced cirrhosis. Sorry to tell you... Hope the info helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer.?

What are the predisposing factors that can transform or activate the chronic hepatitis b virus to lead for cirrhosis, liver failure, hepato cancer.?

Not clearly known: It is quite unpredictable what leads the virus to do most of the damage to the liver. So best one can do is avoid any other hepato-toxins like alcohol use. Aslo eat healthy and avoid fatty liver which accompanies over eating and execessive weight. Eat healthy which is to consume low sugared foods with ample amounts of fruits and veggies with each meal. ...Read more

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I have cirrhosis of the liver and need to know how or if e cigarette can hurt me?

I have cirrhosis of the liver and need to know how or if e cigarette can hurt me?

Yes, it can: Smoking increases the damage caused by injurious agents in liver disease. Several studies have shown association of increased liver damage with smoking in patients with alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis, as well as fatty liver disease. If you have cirrhosis, do yourself a favor and stop smoking. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have liver failure?

What does it mean if I have liver failure?

Liver failure: It means you could have hepatitis b/c, alcoholic cirrhosis, fatty liver, or autoimmune (your body produces antibody against your liver). It means you could bleed spontaneously. It means you may needs a liver transplant. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have acute liver failure?

See a doctor: "acute" liver failure can be very serious and due to a number of causes, with the most common cause in the U.S. Due to overdose of tylenol (acetaminophen). I would seek medical attention immediately if you overdosed on tylenol (acetaminophen). If you notice any jaundice (or yellow eyes) confusion and easy bruising, that is concerning. See a liver specialist or your pcp so simple blood tests can be checked. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are 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 skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more