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Can you die from liver failure?

Can you die from liver failure?

Definitely: You need your liver to live. It's the master biochemist in the body; makes proteins, bile, clotting factors, detoxifies drugs, chemicals, poisons, etc. Death from liver failure usually is not pretty; can be associated with abdominal fluid collection (ascites), which can get infected, altered mental status (with or without coma), weight loss, bleeding from varicose veins of esophagus stomach, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Is it possible to die suddenly from liver failure?

Is it possible to die suddenly from liver failure?

Rapid death possible: Patients with chronic liver failure live a precarious life - they can have a single medical event and be dead within hours or days. A common cause of death is gastrointestinal bleeding - once this bleeding starts, there is a high chance of bleeding related death. Any other illness including infection, kidney dysfunction, lung dysfunction, or injury can precipitate a downward spiral to death. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to your body when you get liver failure and die right away?

Well depends: Are you asking if you get liver failure will your kidneys and all organs also fail? I would say no. I woudl also say that if you get liver failure you need an emergency transplant. You need to see a doctor because you will die if you do not. If you have already died from liver failure... Well then you are dead. Do you want to know what happens... They cremate you or bury you i guess. ...Read more

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If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? only curious?

If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? only curious?

It is complicated: It is possible to get a liver transplant. Some people are not candidates for transplant due to other severe illnesses. Transplant surgery is long and complicated and your lungs and heart have to be healthy to withstand it. Also the liver donor must be compatible with the tissues of the person receiving it so even if a liver is available it may not be a match for the person needing it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone die from pancreatitis with early stage liver failure?

Is it possible for someone die from pancreatitis with early stage liver failure?

Yes: The pancreatitis can create an additonal stress on the liver leading to further damage. With both organs then working poorly the body becomes susceptible to infection. This scenario can be difficult to predict and the best indication for recory are what happens in the first couple of weeks of the illness. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's death like with liver failure?

Can any doc tell me what's death like with liver failure?

It's variable: Some causes: Dying from liver failure varies depending on the person. People can have bleeding from blood vessels in the esophagus (varices) and die from that. Infection can develop in the fluid in the abdomen (ascites) which can result in death. The kidneys can fail (hepatorenal syndrome) and people can die of kidney failure. Sometimes, people can go into a coma and can die. ...Read more

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Can you die from gastric varices associated with liver failure and hep b?

Can you die from gastric varices associated with liver failure and hep b?

Yes: Gastric varices can bleed significantly. Liver failure can progress, especially with active hepatitis, leading to lack of coagulation products. Both then can enhance risk of dying. ...Read more

Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Liver Failure (Definition)

Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow ...Read more