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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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In cirrhosis does the presence of ascites always indicate decompensation and is this considered a serious complication and stage of the disease?

In cirrhosis does the presence of ascites always indicate decompensation and is this considered a serious complication and stage of the disease?

It is concerning: Ascites- buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity- can be a sign of serious decompensation in the liver function. This is usually seen in the later stages of liver failure. If this is seen you should let your doctor know right away. This is associated with decreased survival. However if the cause of the liver damage is found early-& treated this can delay progression. Cirrhosis can't be undone. ...Read more

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Does the presence of ascites in cirrhosis always indicate the patient is in a decompensated state?

Not exactly: It indicates the severity of disease process, but can be created at variable rate (/volume) depending on compliance w/meds and diet (salt excess a big one). True decompensation usually w/ascites and jaundice (yellow appearance to skin / sclera). ...Read more

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Is recovery after inguinal repair worse for cirrhosis with mild ascites?

Is recovery after inguinal repair worse for cirrhosis with mild ascites?

Maybe: Depends on your overall health. Body protein levels and blood coagulation may be impaired. Immune system may be weakened. Can have increased risks of bleeding & infection & hernia repair failure. Ascites leak could develop & may be very difficult to try to deal with. Maximize all medical conditions first & surgery only if really necessary. ...Read more

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I am in decompensated cirrhosis with ascites present in liver area in the past. Yet my blood counts are within normal range. Is this possible?

I am in decompensated cirrhosis with ascites present in liver area in the past. Yet my blood counts are within normal range. Is this possible?

Yes: Ascites can be a primary manifestation of liver disease despite what appear to be well preserved blood values. In some cases, we will consider a tipps procedure to control the ascites as long as you are not struggling with episodes of confusion. Make sure you are following a low sodium diet. ...Read more

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No cirrhosis, no cancer, no clots, temps of 100f and ascites; what could be the cause?

No cirrhosis, no cancer, no clots, temps of 100f and ascites; what could be the cause?

Needs an exam: Should see a gastroenterologist immediately. Causes can be worked up by a detailed workup without any further delay and liver compromise. Might need a liver biopsy if warranted by your physician. ...Read more

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What is chronic liver parenchymal disease with cirrhosis; varices and ascites?

This sounds serious: To translate, you have liver cell damage and scarring (cirrhosis), which caused abnormally elevated portal vein pressures which caused venous distention in esophagus (varices). You also developed fluid in abdominal cavity, because of the high portal vein pressure. This imaging study is showing advanced stage of liver disease. You must get a specialist to treat you. ...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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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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