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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 Berry
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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

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My mother passed away she was hospitalized for a month for liver failure. Her heart rate went to high and I guess her heart stopped. What cause death?

My mother passed away she was hospitalized for a month for liver failure. Her heart rate went to high and I guess her heart stopped. What cause death?

Reviewing a case: These little text boxes are not enough to review a complex case. You might consider having a consult with a physician here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver failure?

Symptoms of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure is usually do to some inflammatory process damaging the liver. Jaundice, nausea, vomitting, itching, bruising and bleeding are associated woth liver failire. ...Read more

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What are liver failure signs ?

What are liver failure signs ?

Blood tests: You usually see signs of this in the blood tests first (low albumin, elevated INR). Patients can develop fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), muscle wasting (sarcopenia), swelling in the legs (edema), or GI bleeding (throwing up blood from dilated vessels in the esophagus). If you are at risk of liver failure, you should be followed closely by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some signs of liver failure?

What are some signs of liver failure?

Many: Confusion, skin color and the eyes turn yellow, there is a change to very dark urine(coca cola color) then belly might enlarge with fluid, the legs can begin to swell. If any of these are suspected please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver failure?

What are the symptoms of liver failure?

Many: Progressive weakness, loss of weight, changing mental status, fluid retention in the belly and legs, yellow of the eyes, vomit of blood or in stool....Any or all of these can be present. ...Read more

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Does anyone know cause of liver failure?

Man causes: From viral hepatitis with one or more of 8 or more viruses, alcohol, fatty liver disease, and others. The liver is one of the more resilient organs in our bodies, but it has its limits. ...Read more

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What happens when you have liver failure?

What happens when you have liver failure?

Bad things: By definition the liver is failing to work correctly. This may include jaundice, bleeding, ascites, confusion and possibly death. ...Read more

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What happens when you have liver. Failure?

What happens when you have liver. Failure?

Bad things happen: The liver is necessary for life, so if the liver fails, bad things happen. Toxic chemicals that are natural byproducts of the human body start to build up (such as ammonia) and damage many organs. Necessary proteins that a normal liver makes, are no longer made (such as Albumin and the clotting proteins). Without albumin, a major protein in blood plasma, a person will swell up with fluid.... ...Read more

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