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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. James Lin
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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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How can you die from heart failure?

How can you die from heart failure?

Heart failure: Not enough blood flow to the body causes deterioration or multiple organs which gradually can't support life. Sometimes a fatal arrhythmia hastens the process. ...Read more

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Can you die from congestive heart failure?

Can you die from congestive heart failure?

Heart failure: This term refers to a weak heart muscle that will result in decreased longevity from progressive inability of the heart pumping to keep up with the needs of the body. ...Read more

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Can you die from rhabdomyolysis?

Can you die from rhabdomyolysis?

Rarely: In most cases the cause of rhabdomyolysis is benign and reversible like trauma, excessive exercise, drugs, infections, toxins.. And. The treatment is hydration and preventing kidney failure in addition to treating the cause. Rarely do these cases kill the patient. In rare cases the cause of rhabdomyolysis has a bad prognosis like myositis and myopathy and here the underlying disease is what kills. ...Read more

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Can you die from failure to thrive?

Can you die from failure to thrive?

Many have: This label encoumpases a broad range of issues. It can be as simple as inadequate feeds in a normal kid to a medical problem with excessive nutrient loss.The behavioral interplay between caregiver & infant may also facter in.Undernutrition eventually results in increased susceptability to infection and poor respons to rx. In many countries this eventually leads to death. Proper rx can save most. ...Read more

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Can you die of kidney failure?

Can you die of kidney failure?

Not neccesarily: Mild kidney failure does not. Severe kidney failure can be correctable also. Otherwise severe damage is treated with dialysis and transplantation. Chances of death increase with severity. ...Read more

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Can you die from gallbladder disease?

Can you die from gallbladder disease?

Very rare.: Gallstones can cause infection which could result in septic shock. Usually that could be treated with antibiotics and surgery. Cancer of the gallbladder or bile ducts is very rare. Symptomatic gallbladder disease requires attention. ...Read more

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Can you die from cholecystitis?

Can you die from cholecystitis?

Uncommon: Left untreated, cholecystitis may lead to rupture of the gall bladder with spread of infection to the abdominal cavity, peritonitis and septicemia and death. ...Read more

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Can you die from myocarditis?

Can you die from myocarditis?

Myocarditis: Yes. Death can occur if myocarditis results in heart failure from failure of pumping or cardiac arrythmias. ...Read more

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How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work? Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

How does death from a fatal dose of aspirin work?  Would you die from liver or kidney failure?

Respiratory failure: Too much Aspirin interferes with the last part of your aerobic metabolism of energy, cytochrome c. It uncouples this area and one has to resort to anaerobic metabolism. Severe metabolic acidosis will ensue, the respiratory system will try to compensate but will fail and combined acidosis ensues and lack of energy just will not sustain life. ...Read more

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Liver failing, can u die from this?

Liver failing, can u die from this?

Absolutely: Once the liver starts to fail there are several consequences that can and will contribute to other organs starting to fail. Unlike the kidney, we don't have broad applications for liver replacement therapies like dialysis, so once a liver starts to fail, transplant becomes the only option. If alcohol is the main contributing factor to the liver damage, abstaining from alcohol can improve function. ...Read more

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Can you die from renal trauma?

Can you die from renal trauma?

Yes: Severe trauma can cause internal bleeding which may not be fixable, even with emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can you die from chemo?

Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read more

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Can you die from kidney stones?

Can you die from kidney stones?

From renal failure: Obstructing kidney tones on both sides or one side if there is a single functioning kidney can lead to renal failure, and if untreated to death. Enlarging metabolic or infectious staghorn stones occupying all drainage space within kidney will gradually destroy the organ and untreated lead to kidney failure and death. Hence large or enlarging kidney stones should be removed and then prevented. ...Read more

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Can i die from acute respiratory failure?

Can i die from acute respiratory failure?

Yes: That is what most people die with that is when there is inadequate oxygenation and the ability to breath. ...Read more

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Can you die from colitus?

Can you die from colitus?

Yes: Fulminant colitis from whatever cause can lead to death from sepsis in the untreated scenerio. Ulcerative colitis can lead to colon cancer over time. C. Diff colitis causes overwhelming infections occasionally in critically ill patients. Colitis requires a thorough examination with colonoscopy and biopsies for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...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

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Can you die from lymphoma?

Can you die from lymphoma?

Yes: This day and age unlikely. Significant numbers of patients can be cured with early detection and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are 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 skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more