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What is average life-expectancy for a patient who has liver cirrhosis and has developed ascites for 2 weeks and seems to respond to Lasix and aldactone? Thanks.

What is average life-expectancy for a patient who has liver cirrhosis and has developed ascites for 2 weeks and seems to respond to Lasix and aldactone? Thanks.

What Stage ?: Life expectancy depends on what stage is the disease , is it irreversible, what is meld score need inr, creatinine & bilurubin levels to access ( model for end stage liver disease ) presence of active hep b or c eso. Varices etc . Based on info appear to be stage iii or IV if untreated not much time left , need liver transplantation. Meld score to put on waiting list. ...Read more

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Ascites (Definition)

Ascites is also known as Abnormal fluid buildup in abdomen, Fluid in the abdomen. Ascites is a symptom in which a person has fluid (watery liquid) in his tummy, but the fluid is outside of the organs. Ascites fluid can surround the stomach, intestines, and bladder, but ascites fluid is ...Read more

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Can you tell me about life of patients with ascites and liver cirrhosis of grade iv?

Can you tell me about life of patients with ascites and liver cirrhosis of grade iv?

Complicated: Patients with liver cirrhosis develop many complications since the presence of ascites means that there is portal hyperteinsion in the venous system draining the bowel with nutrients heading to the liver. Such patients can go into liver failure and coma or develop complications from portal hypertension such as esophageal varices. A shunt has to be performed to lessen or eliminate the problem. ...Read more

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Living with Cirrhosis (Checklist)

Read labels and avoid medications that go through your liver
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Do not drink alcohol
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Eat healthy and keep routine doctor appointments with lab work
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What happens if anyone have an experience with cirrhosis, ascites please give me some advice about treatment. thank you.?

Stop drinking: The most effective treatment would be to stress the liver less, The liver has great regenerative potentials. ...Read more

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I had a biopsy that proved I have cirrhosis. My GI said it was a slight case. Yet i've had ascites around my liver. With that how can it be slight?

Communication issue?: Any degree of inflammation in the liver can cause some ascites. You might have a small amount of ascites. Of course, to each patient, his condition is very serious. I'm sure your doctor is also very concerned about your liver but trying to convey that based on experience, he or she has seen much worse. Make sure to ask your doctor at your next visit in order to help improve communication. ...Read more

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Living with Cirrhosis (Checklist)

See your liver specialist
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Follow recommended therapy carefully
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Avoid shellfish and raw seafood
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Im suffering from cirrhosis, portal hypertension and ascites/ can you tell me more about treatment for this?

Im suffering from cirrhosis, portal hypertension and ascites/ can you tell me more about treatment for this?

FEW OPTIONS: Your hepatologist (liver specialist) would be the best person to decide what would be the best treatment for you. Options include: b-blocker to decrease portal pressure, diuretics (lasix/aldactone) to control ascites and in certain cases tips (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt). Best recommendation is to avoid anything that may further damage the liver. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 cirrhosis with some ascites and varices and my kidney function is in question. How could my kidney function be affected by cirrhosis?

Liver/kidney: you say you have ascites - the simplest explanation is the diuretics for the ascites affecting your kidney function (even though you have extra fluid in the belly, the kidneys perceive you as dehydrated). there are also direct affects on the kidney caused by liver function, known as hepatorenal syndrome, and a number of underlying liver conditions can also affect the kidneys (HCV in particular). ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

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What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites?Thanks.

What medicine can be given for patient with hyper thermia who has liver cirrhosis with gross ascites?Thanks.

Antibiotics: I assume you mean "fever" when you say "hyperthermia". Patients with ascites are at risk for spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. This is infection of the ascitic fluid. In general a sample should be obtained and then antibiotics should be instituted. ...Read more

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Abnormal Fluid Buildup In Abdomen (Definition)

Abnormal fluid buildup in abdomen refers to Ascites, a medical condition in which a person has excess fluid in the abdomen (in the peritoneal space). Abdominal fluid buildup occurs in conditions such as liver failure, kidney ...Read more

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Fluid In The Abdomen (Definition)

Fluid in the abdomen is a clinical finding in which the abdomen may be enlarged and contains fluid. This can occur due to liver, ...Read more

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