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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. Neigatha Graney
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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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What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, inherited diseases such as: cystic fibrosis glycogen storage diseases, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, and wilson's disease. ...Read more

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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis B or C) or alcohol related. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause  cirrhosis of the liver?

Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common causes. Others being biliary obstruction, primary biliary cirrhosis, schistosomiasis, hemochromatosis, Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency and wilson disease etc. ...Read more

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How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

Many things: Cirrhosis is a scarring of liver tissue that results from chronic liver disease and leads to a decline in liver function. The most common causes of cirrhosis include chronic alcohol use, hepatitis b and c, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Autoimmune disorders, medications, metabolic disorders, and biliary disorders may also lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is shunted away from the liver. Patients then develop ascites (fluid build up in abdomen), enlarged spleen and low platelet count, encephalopathy (confusion), and varices (enlarged veins inside stomach and esophagus) which can lead to massive bleeding. ...Read more

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What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

Hepatitis, alcohol: Cirrhosis is mainly fibrosis formation on liver (scarring of the liver tissue).Multiple medical conditions can lead to cirrhosis, among the most common are viral hepatitis mainly the chronic type: hepatitis b and c, other common causes are alcohol abuse and less common: hereditary metabolic conditions like wilson disease (cooper deposits) and hemochromatosis iron deposits in liver ; medications. ...Read more

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What are tests of cirrhosis of the liver?

Biopsy: Blood tests and imaging studies can suggest a diagnosis of cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Can vary: Cirrhosis can be asymptomatic in some but in others symptoms of decreased appetite, fatigue, feeling sleepy or confused (hepatic encephalopathy) can occur. Your liver doctor can help manage and control the above symptoms as they occur at different rates. ...Read more

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Cirrhosis of the liver is an effect of what?

Cirrhosis of the liver is an effect of what?

Any chronic process: Anything which causes repeat episodes or continuous episodes of inflammation of the liver over long time periods can produce cirrhosis. This is scarring of the liver, isolating segments of liver cells from the circulation and impairing their function, to the extent that the liver can no longer perform its duties. This includes infections, metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, and so on. ...Read more

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