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Average Age Of Alcoholic Cirrhosis
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
Husbands alcoholic cirrhosis is class B pugh child class. does his survival rate change since he drinks a pint a day and wont stop?
Hopeless: If he continues drinking, it will kill him just as certainly as if he refused to leave a burning house. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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