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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

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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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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In cirrhosis if you have experienced decompensation e.G. Ascites..Can you go from decompensated back to a compensated stage? I'm confused on this pt!

In cirrhosis if you have experienced decompensation e.G. Ascites..Can you go from decompensated back to a compensated stage? I'm confused on this pt!

Uncommon but possibl: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver due to persistent injury. The causes of cirrhosis are multiple, including alcohol, obesity, viral hepatitis, autoimmune diseases. Decompensation means that there are significant complications, such as ascites, jaundice, confusion, kidney failure and cancer. In rare cases where the cause is removed, the liver can recover. I recommend you to see a hepatologist. ...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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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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Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis without ascites and drinks at least a pint a day. was in acute failure 6 months ago. can he live years or months?

Husband has alcoholic cirrhosis without ascites and drinks at least a pint a day. was in acute failure 6 months ago. can he live years or months?

I'm so sorry: If I told you there are special ultrasound tests to help determine prognosis such as, (http://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3349/ymj.2016.57.1.138} it wouldn't help much really, would it? Please don't think about death. Try to salvage life, either yours or his or both. Get support from providers, clergy, friends, family, even bartenders-- it doesn't matter who. Thanks for reaching out. ...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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Dr. Jay Yepuri
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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


Dr. Jay Yepuri
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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