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Doctor insights on: Average Age Of Alcoholic Cirrhosis

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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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What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

What can I do about advanced alcoholic cirrhosis?

No alcohol: do not drink alcohol at all. You need to go to Alcoholic anonymous. Seek medical attention and ultimately if liver gets worse you will need a liver transplant, as long as you are alcohol free ...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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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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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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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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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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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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I am trying to get my brother (alcoholic cirrhosis) in to get an rx for naltrexone- he has never been offered it and is open to tx- cost?

I am trying to get my brother (alcoholic cirrhosis) in to get an rx for naltrexone- he has never been offered it and is open to tx- cost?

Depends: It depends on the pharmacy you go to ... You check the local pharmacies around you for pricing at www.goodrx.com but the tablet form is generally around 120$/month ... Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis without ascites and drinks at least a pint a day. was in acute failure 6 months ago. can he live years or months?

Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis without ascites and drinks at least a pint a day. was in acute failure 6 months ago. can he live years or months?

I'm so sorry: If I told you there are special ultrasound tests to help determine prognosis such as, (http://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3349/ymj.2016.57.1.138} it wouldn't help much really, would it?
Please don't think about death. Try to salvage life, either yours or his or both. Get support from providers, clergy, friends, family, even bartenders-- it doesn't matter who. Thanks for reaching out. ...Read more

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Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis, drinks half gallon in 24 hours. diagnosed two years ago. still no ascites. is this something that progresses slowly?

Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis, drinks half gallon in 24 hours. diagnosed two years ago. still no ascites. is this something that progresses slowly?

Cirrhosis (diffuse: scarring throughout the liver) rate of progression is very variable yet one way, not reversible by any current treatments & tends to correlate with not only Etoh consumption by also type & severity of viral hepatitis (typically low grade & not diagnosed). Ascites=late symptom from obstruction of portal blood flow through liver, after esophageal, umbilical & perianal venous varicosities=advanced. ...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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Husband with alcoholic cirrhosis is very jaundice, fatigue, and stool for two days is white. what can be done?

Husband with alcoholic cirrhosis is very jaundice, fatigue, and stool for two days is white. what can be done?

Sorry to hear: of your husband's trouble...the MOST IMPORTANT "start" dealing with this situation is the complete PERMANENT CESSATION of ALCOHOL in any form! Much of the liver damage may be REVERSIBLE .. Your husband should seek help with DETOX...(If he is already SOBER...vitamins and good nutrition and time may lead to reversing the symptoms/signs . If he continues to drink he will die!

Hope this is helpful..Z ...Read more

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My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?

My husband is in very early stages of stage 4 non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. His doctor told him to lose weight. What is his life expectancy?

Depends: Regarding his diagnosis, stage 1 is early and likely reversible with weight loss, excercise, and a good diet. Avoiding alcohol abuse and getting vaccinated against hepatitis b is also as good idea. It is not end-stage liver disease. Life expectancy could be totally normal. ...Read more

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I have fatty liver non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. l have purple bruises on my back & l am wonderin could they be the reason for them?

I have fatty liver non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. l have purple bruises on my back & l am wonderin could they be the reason for them?

They might be: Cirrhosis can result in enlargement of the spleen, which traps platelets, as well as damaging the ability of the liver to make clotting factors, and both of those can result in easy and pathological bruising. Not sure why you are on both Zoloft (sertraline) and Prozac, and wonder why you aren't on beta blockers to prevent variceal bleeding. Talk to your doctor about being on 2 SSRIs and about beta blockers. ...Read more

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With end stage alcoholic cirrhosis & severe ascites, jaundice,low O2 & severe hemrroids how long approximately does my mom have?

Depends: what's her MELD score? how high is her bilirubin? how old is she - still considered a transplant candidate? it can be months or quite a few years - need more information (and remember, everything for us is a statistical average, anyway..) ...Read more

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Dad age 58, he is non-alcoholic.Have mild liver cirrhosis & 40% liver working fine.any chance if balance liver will remain stable always.whats future?

Dad age 58, he is non-alcoholic.Have mild liver cirrhosis & 40% liver working fine.any chance if balance liver will remain stable always.whats future?

Cirrhosis: This question cannot be answered without knowing the cause of your Dad's hepatic dysfunction. If the damage to his liver was due to an ongoing process it may become progressively more severe. He should be evaluated and be sure he does not have a chronic hepatitis which is treatable and potentially curable. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Age 58, non-alcoholic.have liver cirrhosis due to Portal Hypertensive.still have 40% liver working.it can be stable always or what is life expectancy?

Take care ofyourself: If you already have portal hypertension as a complication of your liver disease, you probably have had cirrhosis for awhile. There is no "40% working" - best markers are those of synthetic function. get the underlying cause treated if possible (?HCV), stay as healthy as you can. But no, unlikely to remain 'stable always'. ...Read more

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What leads to esphogal varices in an alcoholic and does it mean that they have cirrhosis?

Portal hypertension: Alcohol, and other things (hep b/c and other diseases) scar the liver over time to the point where the main blood vessel that supplies the liver (the portal vein) does not have enough pressure to get the blood in, and the blood pressure builds up in this very large vein. This backs blood up into alternative pathways, including varicose veins of esophagus. These can bleed badly;mean cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Could being an alcoholic cause health problems other then cirrhosis and alcohol overdoses?

Could being an alcoholic cause health problems other then cirrhosis and alcohol overdoses?

Yes: Alcohol can damage every organ in the body, causing heart failure, heart arrhythmias, brain damage with dementia, memory problems, cancer of head and neck, stomach, esophagus and colon (and elsewhere), damage the stomach lining and cause bleeding, make you more susceptible to infections, deplete vitamins and cause deficiency diseases, and hundreds of other things. If this is you, get help now. ...Read more

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Husband who's an alcoholic with mild cirrhosis and drinks half gallon a day, throws up every day. he says it's because he gets ''worked up'. why?

Husband who's an alcoholic with mild cirrhosis and drinks half gallon a day, throws up every day. he says it's because he gets ''worked up'. why?

Addiction : Studies show alcohol is s highly addictive substance people use to self treat stress, anxiety and depression. There are more healthy ways. Convince your husband that he deserves better in life. It affects your life and all your family and friends as well. Convince him to try rehab if possible or at least see an MD for alternative stress reduction strategies. Consult me if I can help please. ...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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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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What're the symptoms of an alcoholic who has cirrhosis?

What're the symptoms of an alcoholic who has cirrhosis?

ESLD symptoms: Cirrhosis per se is largely asymptomatic. However, end-stage liver disease, manifests by ascites, jaundice, bleeding, loss of muscle mass, changes in mental status up to coma, and other manifestations that can quickly lead to death. ...Read more