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Chronic Liver Disease
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
Pressure: The liver performs many vital functions including filtering toxins and produicing things like natural anti coagulants. Impairment of these affects the heart along with other organs. When the liver is affected by things like cirrhosis, it can cause abnormal filling pressures within the heart. This, if untreated, can lead to failure of the right side of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually nothing, but: The liver can handle a lot of abuse before you start seeing symptoms. This can take years of abuse sometimes. When the liver becomes so scarred that you develop something called "cirrhosis", or end stage liver disease, then many things will start happening, including jaundice (yellow skin/eyes), bleeding from your GI tract, confusion, fluid buildup in the abdomen and other things. ...Read more
My aunts been diagnosed with chronic liver disease, she's in hepatic encephalopathy, she's also having 4.6 creatinine, what could be the cause?
Elevations: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (such as Acetaminophen), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause if you feel you have liver Dx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you sick?: Cirrhosis (liver scarring) and chronic liver disease may exist, even if the underlying disease (like alcohol use) is over. In this case, the presence of old disease is less important than the risk of progressive disease. Liver tests, viral counts, bipsies etc all help evaluate this risk. Test of current liver function (like Albumin and bleeding) are important to gauge current function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for 4000 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) a day, for 1 week straight to cause chronic liver disease?
Depends on cause: Depending on the cause, chances can be very good. If due to alcohol, must stop drinking; if hepatitis viruses, there is rx, and must stop drinking; if iron overload- get bled; if autoimmune- get rx; if fatty liver-lose weight, rx diabetes. Chronic liver disease can be just that-chronic; with long term good quality of life. Lots of meds available to improve, or at least prevent progression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't know much about herbal medicine but don't have good insurance. Are there any plant treatments for chronic liver disease?
Not known: There are definitely herbal medicines which may produce chronic liver disease and a variety of other problems. Otc substances are not controlled by the fda, and as such you have little guarantee of what they contain. There are numerous reports in the literature of people being substantially harmed by toxic materials within these herbal preparations. Be careful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Chronic liver disease due to ? Optimal treatment is often specific to the cause of the disease process (alcoholism, viral hepatitis, metabolic disorder, intrinsic liver disease, neoplastic process - just to name few) start with your primary physician - many are good at managing chronic liver issue. More complicated process may need additional input from a gi/hepatologist. ...Read more
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