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Doctor insights on: Can You Die From Cirrhosis Of The Liver

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Is cirrhosis of the liver considered the worst way to die?

Is cirrhosis of the liver considered the worst way to die?

Not the worst: If you've ever watched "the tudors" or "braveheart, " you'll see that there are worse ways to die. Cirrhosis is no picnic though, especially when complicated by ascites (fluid in the abdomen) and esophageal varices (which can cause massive GI bleeding), hepatic encephalopathy is less unpleasant, as it causes progressive somnolence and eventual coma. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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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My mom is still smoking after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Will this affect her or cause her to die sooner?

My mom is still smoking after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Will this affect her or cause her to die sooner?

Not related: Smoking does not really contribute to developing cirrhosis, and as far as I know, doesn't alter its course. It can itself cause other problems which may shorten life, and nicotine may have drug interactions with some of the medications used to treat cirrhosis. If your mother drinks alcohol, she must stop. There are medical treatment that depend on the kind of cirrhosis. Recommend smoking cessation ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom is still smoking after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. will this cause her to die sooner?

Higher cancer risk: she really should try to stop. in a cirrhotic, 4 fold higher risk of liver cancer in smokers. sounds like you might be a great support for her. ...Read more

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My husband has had stage lV liver cirrhosis over 15 years from HepC.Will he die from this?Does not drink.never did.

Hepatitis C: currently there are excellent treatments for patients infected with hepatitis C, even for those with cirrhosis, go see a doctor who is well verse in hepatitis c treatment ...Read more

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Why is it a liver cirrhosis patient find it hard to swallow foods leading to his death due to low blood pressure?

Why is it a liver cirrhosis  patient  find it hard to swallow  foods leading to his death  due to low blood pressure?

Last stages: At the end, the liver is unable to remove small molecules that cause the blood vessels to relax and not return blood to the heart. Appetite goes around this time. The pathology community is talking about dropping the word "cirrhosis" as it conveys a sense of hopelessness; in fact if the cause can be rx'd, it often at least partly reverses itself. If not, wishing a peaceful & dignified end. ...Read more

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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

Scars in the liver: Chronic inflammation of liver cells can result in permanent scarring to develop in the liver. This is called cirrhosis. Common causes are excess alcohol intake, viral hepatitis infection, certain drugs and hereditary diseases. Blood tests to check liver function and ultrasound examination can help evaluate the overall health of the liver. ...Read more

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What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. ...Read more

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