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Cirrhosis Ascites Life Expectancy
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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