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I have autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis what would cause my bellybutton to stick out suddenly?

I have autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis what would cause my bellybutton to stick out suddenly?

Ascites: If you are starting to develop ascites, it will cause the belly button to stick out. Ascites is the fluid that builds up in the abdomen associated with cirrhosis and hepatitis. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Bili ALT AST have been elevated on off for a yr confirmed mild diffuse fatty infiltration. hep viruses and autoimmune disease ruled out. Cirrhosis?

Bili ALT AST have been elevated on off for a yr confirmed mild diffuse fatty infiltration. hep viruses and autoimmune disease ruled out. Cirrhosis?

Possible: Cirrhosis is advanced liver disease and can be the eventual outcome of long-standing liver inflammation. The only way to detect early signs of cirrhosis would be liver biopsy. Imaging studies and endoscopy only find advanced disease. You should be seeing a specialist who can advise you on cause, risks and treatments. ...Read more

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Liver diagnosis 60 f -ast302/alt438 ANA pos. Us neg liver biopsy 1st dr diagnosis pri biliary cirrhosis. 2nd dr autoimmune hep. diangosis ursodiol 5wk retest. Do you agree?

Liver diagnosis 60 f -ast302/alt438 ANA pos. Us neg liver biopsy 1st dr diagnosis pri biliary cirrhosis. 2nd dr autoimmune hep. diangosis ursodiol 5wk retest. Do you agree?

Yes, need follow up: You have a combination of primary biliary cirrhosis (pbc) and autoimmune hepatitis (aih). The treatments are different, ursodeoxycholic acid is used to treat pbc, but may not bring down the ast/alt elevation associated with aih. If the urso does not bring down the ast/alt, you may need additional medications, such as steroids or azathioprine, to control the aih. ...Read more

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Bili ALT AST elevated on off for a yr.other labs normal high rdw. Hep viruses autoimmune disease neg . Ct fatty liver US 6 mth later nothin cirrhosis?

Bili ALT AST elevated on off for a yr.other labs normal high rdw. Hep viruses autoimmune disease neg . Ct fatty liver US 6 mth later nothin cirrhosis?

Depends on biopsy: Cirrhosis can only be truly proven by a liver biopsy. Certain lab tests, such as bilirubin, INR, albumin, and platelets are often used as surrogate markers of liver function, and are an indirect estimator/predictor of cirrhosis. Additionally, imaging such as ultrasound or CT can suggest cirrhosis. But again, a biopsy is technically needed to prove the diagnosis of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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I have auto immune hepatitis and already have cirrohis of the liver is there a time frame on how long before i will need a transplant?

I have auto immune hepatitis and already have cirrohis of the liver is there a time frame on how long before i will need a transplant?

AIH: You may need Prednisone or other corticosteroid medicines help reduce the inflammation. Azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine are drugs used to treat other autoimmune disorders. They have been shown to help people with autoimmune hepatitis, as well. The answer to your question resides on how fast the cirrhosis progresses and the liver fails. A hepatologist could more accurately answer you. ...Read more

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Who gets cirrhosis?

Who gets cirrhosis?

Liver cirrhosis: Liver cirrhosis has many reasons. Most common in the us are alcohol abuse, and hepatitis c. Other causes could be due to wilson's disease, alfa veto protein deficiency etc. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cirrhosis?

What sort of disease is cirrhosis?

Scarred Liver: Liver damage and scarring of the liver from a variety of causes results in what is called cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol, viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, inheritedliver disease are some examples of causes of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is cirrhosis w/nash?

What is cirrhosis w/nash?

Liver disease.: Nash is an acronym for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a liver disease where the organ becomes inflamed and infiltrated with fat. This pattern occurs in alcoholics, so nash is used to describe it is patients who do not drink. The cause is likely due to obesity, diabetes, & metabolic syndrome. If it progresses, it can lead to liver failure, a condition called cirrhosis of the liver. ...Read more

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Do all alcoholics develop cirrhosis?

Do all alcoholics develop cirrhosis?

No: Many long term alcoholics do some damage to their livers and some more than others. For reasons that are not understood, a low percentage of alcoholics suffer little to no liver damage. Chronic alcohol use may adversely affect every organ in the body except the kideys. If you have ever been annoyed by someone criticizing your drinking, that is a strong indication of a problem. Tried aa? ...Read more

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Cirrhosis patient can live for 20 years?

Cirrhosis patient can live for 20 years?

It depends: Cirrhosis means that your liver is functioning at a very limited capacity, without replacing that liver with a new one " by a liver transplant" the chances of living 20 years are very slim, since the liver produces so many proteins that are essential to the human body. ...Read more

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Is Fibrosure useful for cirrhosis diagnosis?

Is Fibrosure useful for cirrhosis diagnosis?

Sometimes.: Is it useful in the diagnosis of cirrhosis? Sometimes. Is it diagnostic by itself? No. The diagnosis of cirrhosis is made through a combination of lab tests,radiological exams, and physical exam. If you are concerned, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why would cirrhosis cause hyperprolactinemia?

Why would cirrhosis cause hyperprolactinemia?

Increased estrogen: Liver normally metabolizes estrogen. With cirrhosis, estrogen levels become elevated as liver cannot break it down. The production of prolactin is stimulated in the pituitary as a result of increased estrogen. ...Read more

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What is the typical progression of cirrhosis?

What is the typical progression of cirrhosis?

Progessive: Deterioration. Established cirrhosis generally progresses to liver failure. Early cirrhosis may stabilize with the cessation of causative agent. ...Read more

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Could alt elevated to 76 mean I have cirrhosis?

Could alt elevated to 76 mean I have cirrhosis?

Not per se: A person with cirrhosis could have an elevated ALT. However most people with mildly elevated ALT do not have cirrhosis. More information is need to evaluate you for cirrhosis and you should consult your doctor for a physical and may be addition tests, including imaging study. ...Read more

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Does steatohepatitis always lead to cirrhosis?

Does steatohepatitis always lead to cirrhosis?

Thank goodness no...: ...and its potentially reversible. See earlier HealthTap answers regarding the reversible causes of fatty liver please. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

How long does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

Varies: Depends on duration, dose, binge or regular/daily intake sex, other health issues, other liver issues including fatty liver, infections like hepatitis. Women are more sensitive to adverse effects of alcohol, i.e. Worse effects at same dose (even at the same weight as a man). ...Read more

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Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

No: Alcohol is only one of many causes of cirrhosis. Other comon causes include viral infections (e.g. Hepatitis c), autoimmune disorders (e.g. Autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis), metabolic abnormalities (e.g. "fatty liver" disease, abnormal copper or iron storage), and certain medications. ...Read more

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