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Cirrhosis Of The Liver (Definition)

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the final phase ...Read more


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How do you deal with alcoholic cirrhosis?

How do you deal with alcoholic cirrhosis?

Stop drinking: Cirrhosis happens due to death of liver cells. They cannot be revived. However, liver is a big organ and if you stop drinking you can prevent further deterioration of your liver. ...Read more

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I am now 21 years. I have alcoholic cirrhosis. Will i die ?

I am now 21 years. I have alcoholic cirrhosis. Will i die ?

There is not enough: Information to answer that question (if you are asking about imminent death). Please speak with your physician about your prognosis and the seriousness of your illness. However, it is clear that if you have this condition and you continue to drink that you will likely die an early death. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have alcoholic cirrhosis?

How can you tell if you have alcoholic cirrhosis?

Variable: Patients with cirrhosis can present in a variety of ways. You may have physical exam findings or stigmata of chronic liver disease, such as spider angiomata or palmar erythema. It may be found incidentally after an unrelated lab or radiologic study. You may present initially with life-threatening complications. Alternatively, it may never be detected, until autopsy, if one is performed. ...Read more

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Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

Does alcoholic cirrhosis present/look differently from other cirrhosis causes? is it more difficult to diagnose? i mean decompensated not compensated

Diagnosed on history: One factor that makes it subtle is that the liver enzymes reflect only recent drinking, fibrosis reflects long-term drinking. So it may be overdiagnosed or missed. When it decomensates, the patient will know and testing may even be moot. ...Read more

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What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

Stop drinking: The most important thing is complete and total cessation of alcohol. In some cases, corticosteroids (predisone) may help, but only a liver specialist should make that call. Prevention of portal hypertension and bleeding with beta-blockers may also help, reduced protein in diet may be needed. There are surgeries that can reduce some complications; ultimately, if severe, transplantation is an option. ...Read more

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Why do people with alcoholic cirrhosis have a worse prognosis than other causes?

Why do people with alcoholic cirrhosis have a worse prognosis than other causes?

Cirrhosis: People with alcoholic cirrhosis may do worse than other causes of cirrhosis if the continue to drink. If the stop drinking their prognosis will depend on their Childs classification that is residual liver function remaining, response to management and adherence to avoiding hepatotoxins and the rate of progression of disease and complications ...Read more

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Is there anything that can halt progression of alcoholic cirrhosis?

Is there anything that can halt progression of alcoholic cirrhosis?

Depends on stage: Fully developed cirrhosis is not reversible. Early stages could be checked with avoidance of alcohol. Liver transplantation is an option. ...Read more

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My dad has alcoholic cirrhosis. He received a dual transplant less then a yr ago. He drinks more now. He won't admit he has a problem any advice pleas?

My dad has alcoholic cirrhosis. He received a dual transplant less then a yr ago. He drinks more now. He won't admit he has a problem any advice pleas?

What ashame: Your dad was given a second chance. There are fewer liver transplant donors than there are potential recipients. What ashame if he is indeed not caring for his new liver by drinking alcohol heavily--a liver that could have been lifesaving for someone who might have better cared for it. Express to him your concern, ask to accompany him to his liver clinic, & get his permission to recruit their help. ...Read more

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I have alcoholic cirrhosis and am decompensated. I haven't drank alcohol in 5 yrs. My blood counts are normal. How is this possible?

I have alcoholic cirrhosis and am decompensated. I haven't drank alcohol in 5 yrs. My blood counts are normal. How is this possible?

Progressive disease: Historically, cirrhosis has been a progressive disease; once it's present, it can get worse even after medication is stopped. You may also have something else going on -- metabolic syndrome, iron overload, antitrypsin deficiency, or an allergy to one of your medications. I'm very pleased you were able to stop the alcohol -- this did save your life or at least give extra good time. ...Read more

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