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Doctor insights on: Cirrhosis Caused By Alcohol

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Is hepatic steatosis caused by alcoholism?

Is hepatic steatosis caused by alcoholism?

It can be: Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) can be caused by both alcohol use and having an unhealthy diet & being obese. In fact, the most common cause of fatty liver disease in the US is poor diet & lifestyle. The disease that includes this cause is NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). ...Read more

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Can brain heal after damage caused by liver failure by alcohol consumption?

Can brain heal after damage caused by liver failure by alcohol consumption?

Complex: Yes, improved function can be achieved, but alcohol must be totally avoided, thiamine supplements are critical, liver function needs to normalize, and both psychological and medical interventions will be required as part of a rehab effort. Eventual outcome may well be unpredictable, but if all of the above can be done, odds of improvement are quite good. ...Read more

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Is chronic liver disease usually caused by alcoholism and poor diet?

Is chronic liver disease usually caused by alcoholism and poor diet?

Liver disease: There are many causes of liver disease; alcohol is just one of them. Infectious agents for example, can cause problems such as hepatitis a, b, and or c. A chronically fat liver can also cause problems for the patient long-term. ...Read more

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Can streptococcal septicemia be caused by alcohol cardiomyopathy ?

Can streptococcal septicemia be caused by alcohol cardiomyopathy ?

No: Streptococcal septicemia can occur in a patient with alcoholic cardiomyopathy but the cardiomyopathy is not the cause. There are many causes of streptococcal septicemia and many different species of streptococcus. ...Read more

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Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Depends, often yes: Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking. First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks. ...Read more

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Can asymptomatic liver disease caused by drug overdose present as mental illness due to toxic buildup?

Can asymptomatic liver disease caused by drug overdose present as mental illness due to toxic buildup?

Yes: Our liver is extremely important to keep our bodies in balance. By filtering and "getting rid" of substances that can harm our bodies, a healthy liver contributes to our overall health. Many patients with renal and liver problems, that are not properly treated or diagnosed, usually experience mental changes (in reasoning, memory, judgment,etc), that if left untreated can become permanent. ...Read more

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Itching cause by liver disease?

Itching cause by liver disease?

Yes: If liver disease includes a rise in billirubin level, itching can become unbearable. I saw a pregnant woman once with elevated billirubin from pregnancy related liver stasis. Her itching was so intense that she would use coat hangers on the bottoms of her feet until they bled from her scratching. Obviously, the itching can be miserable in this situation. ...Read more

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Is eye hemmorage caused by alcohol?

Is eye hemmorage caused by alcohol?

Broken blood vessel?: Patients with dry eyes and allergies can rub their eyes and experience recurrent broken blood vessels from the physical trauma of rubbing the eyes. In some patients it can be due to elevated inr (too much coumadin) or excessive use of Aspirin or ibuprofen. Treating the dry eye or allergies can reduce this. If you have easy bruising or bleeding, check with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What can cure liver failure caused by paracetamol?

What can cure liver failure caused by paracetamol?

Liver Disease: The answer to your question really depends on the extent of drug induced damage which can be determined by lever function tests or even a liver biopsy. By all means, stay off medications or compounds that are hepatotoxic such as alcohol. If the extent of your liver damage is not extensive your liver may be able to heal itself.L. ...Read more

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Can kidney cancer by caused by tylenol (acetaminophen)

Can kidney cancer by caused by tylenol (acetaminophen)

No: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not a risk factor for kidney cancer. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can cause injury to other organs such as the liver and stomach lining but it does increase one's chances of kidney cancer. ...Read more

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Is liver damage due to alcohol consumption reversible?

Is liver damage due to alcohol consumption reversible?

Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more

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Can liver repair, minor scarring caused by fatty liver?

Can liver repair, minor scarring caused by fatty liver?

Yes - minor scarring: The liver does have regenerative capacity in a healthy individual. Limiting calories under the supervision of a nutritionist may help to limit and reverse the damage caused by fatty liver which is commonly associated with being overweight. ...Read more

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Can dementia caused from cirrhosis be cured?

Can dementia caused from cirrhosis be cured?

Symptom control: Dementia from cirrhosis is actually called hepatic encephalopathy (build up of toxins like ammonia in the brain), with the common theme resulting in confusion. Hepatic encephalopathy can be controlled with certain medications, so i would recommend you see a liver specialist to discuss these options. Once hepatic encephalopathy occurs, liver transplantat discussion should occur with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are my stomach problems caused by oxycodone or alcohol?

Are my stomach problems caused by oxycodone or alcohol?

Either: could be caused by either drug'; eliminate one and see what develops; ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Could drinking alcohol cause liver damage?

Yes.: Alcoholic hepatitis is hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) due to excessive intake of alcohol. It is usually found in association with fatty liver, an early stage of alcoholic liver disease, and may contribute to the progression of fibrosis, leading to cirrhosis . ...Read more

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Is my itching caused by liver disease?

Is my itching caused by liver disease?

Unlikely: While it is certainly true that people with jaundice have itching, itching alone is not commonly seen with simple liver disease. ...Read more

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How many liver biopsies are needed to rule out cirrhosis caused by alcohol? does it damage the liver evenly or in patches? is a fibroscan a good alt?

How many liver biopsies are needed to rule out cirrhosis caused by alcohol? does it damage the liver evenly or in patches? is a fibroscan a good alt?

Bx and cirrhosis: Repeated liver biopsies are not necessary. Liver may be affected in heterogeneous fashion. Fibroscan is a good noninvasive test if available in your area. Blood tests can be helpful. Platelet count less than 150,000 is suggestibility cirrhosis. Fibrosure blood test or ultrasound can be helpful as well. ...Read more

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How much alcohol a day (or percentage of alcohol) does it take to cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Variable: Only a small proportion, about 20% of chronic drinkers get cirrhosis. The amount of alcohol needed to start the process towards cirrhosis varies with the genetic makeup of the person and other issues, such as chronic viral hepatitis, state of nutrition etc. I would urge you to not take more than one drink a day. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Yes: It use to be leading cause but hepatitis c is currently is the leading cause of cirrhosis in the us. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cirrhosis of the liver besides alcohol abuse?

What are the causes of cirrhosis of the liver besides alcohol abuse?

See below: Infection with hepatitis b and/or c and non-alcoholic fatty liver associated with obesity are other common causes. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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Can alcohol use cause 'spider nevi' ? neg. for cirrhosis/hepatitis and hormones normal

Can alcohol use cause 'spider nevi' ? neg. for cirrhosis/hepatitis and hormones normal

Yes: Alcohol abuse can cause spider nevi. They can appear before lab abnormalities do. Just because labs are normal, does not mean that everything is perfect. If you think you might have an alcohol problem, please seek help before the situation does become irreversible. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Alcohol caused husbands liver fibrosis. ammonia levels are slightly elevated and he takes lactulose. does fibrosis cause this when it's not cirrhosis?

Alcohol caused husbands liver fibrosis. ammonia levels are slightly elevated and he takes lactulose. does fibrosis cause this when it's not cirrhosis?

Increased ammonia: By the time someone with alcoholic liver disease develops hepatic encephalopathy, cirrhosis of the liver is usually present. If the elevation is only slight and he is asymptomatic, it is possible to have fibrosis without cirrhosis, but he is certainly on his way to it. It is very important not to drink anymore alcohol at all. He also should not drive. He should follow up closely with his doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

How long does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

Varies: Depends on duration, dose, binge or regular/daily intake sex, other health issues, other liver issues including fatty liver, infections like hepatitis. Women are more sensitive to adverse effects of alcohol, i.e. Worse effects at same dose (even at the same weight as a man). ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

How much time does it take to get cirrhosis with alcohol?

It depends: depends on the amount of alcohol, male vs female (females more sensitive to alcohol damage). it usually takes a few years. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get cirrhosis with 3 drinks a day alcohol?

Cant say: You may never develop cirrhosis; however, your question indicates a concern over an obviously heavy pattern of alcohol use. You need to stop drinking. (btw- its not helpful to count glasses of alcoholic drinks but to count ounces of alcohol used in order to determine the # of standard drinks). ...Read more

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How long can a person with cirrhosis live who still drinks alcohol daily, doesn't eat very much or some days doesn't eat at all. ?

How long can a person with cirrhosis live who still drinks alcohol daily, doesn't eat very much or some days doesn't eat at all.
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Cannot say...: ...Conservative estimate would be weeks, but could continue on for years. We were designed with fragility and resiliency. Other medical issues, extent of cirrhosis (the yellow indicates severe) and compliance with treatment (even while drinking). Info provided suggests several days to few weeks. ...Read more

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How many biopsys are needed to rule out alcohol cirrhosis?

How many biopsys are needed to rule out alcohol cirrhosis?

One: Only one biopsy is sufficient to make a diagnosis of alcoholic cirrhosis. A biopsy with sufficient tissue is also suitable of ruling our cirrhosis. ...Read more

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I'm 36y/o male. Moderate cirrhosis from alcohol. Three years clean. Would intermittent fasting be ok? Trying to lose weight. 8 hrs on 16hrs fast

I'm 36y/o male. Moderate cirrhosis from alcohol.  Three years clean.  Would intermittent fasting be ok? Trying to lose weight. 8 hrs on 16hrs fast

Maybe not: When you have Liver disease your body i.e the Liver may not maintain your blood glucose. Fasting can be problematic. Decreasing high calorie and excise under medical guidance is best option. Would not suggest you fast. ...Read more

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Does cirrhosis effect the outcome of a breathalyzer test after consuming alcohol?

Blood alcohol: Cirrhosis should not change this value, although it may alter the duration or persistence of alcohol in the blood. ...Read more

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Can someone get cirrhosis of the liver if they have never had any alcohol in their life?

Can someone get cirrhosis of the liver if they have never had any alcohol in their life?

Yes: Although alcohol is the most common cause of cirrhosis, other causes are possible, even in someone who never drinks alcohol. The 2nd most common cause is hepatitis. It's important for someone with liver disease to be tested for hepatitis. Nash is another cause of cirrhosis. Here is a helpful article outlining all of this: http://consumer.Healthday.Com/encyclopedia/article.Asp?Aid=644390. ...Read more

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Husband sleeping 16-18 hours a day and stopped eating a few days ago. has cirrhosis from alcohol, no other symptoms. why? is it an emergency?

Husband sleeping 16-18 hours a day and stopped eating a few days ago. has cirrhosis from alcohol, no other symptoms. why? is it an emergency?

Cirrhosis: 33F from Or states husband sleeping 16-18 hrs a day not eating and has cirrhosis. No other symptoms. Asks: is it an emergency. Need more info such as is he yellow, does he have ascites? Would worry about hepatic coma which is an emergency. I would call his team tonight. ...Read more

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Since cirrhosis slows down the metabolism of alcohol, if alcohol was consumed would the breathalyzer reading be higher Than a "normal" person?

Since cirrhosis slows down the metabolism of alcohol, if alcohol was consumed would the breathalyzer reading be higher Than a "normal" person?

Possibly: Since alcohol is primarily metabolized by the liver, when the liver malfunctions because of cirrhosis this may result in higher blood alcohol levels than in people with normal livers. ...Read more

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How can alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis form?

See below: Alcohol is toxic to the liver fat accumulates in the liver when drinking occurs this progresses to alcoholic helpatis and then to cirrhosis cirrhosis leads to nodules shich have no resemblacne to normal lobules of the liver-and it is all because the liver detoxifies alcohol and this alcohol is itsef toxic to the llvier cells. ...Read more

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How much alcohol continuation in my condition can make liver cirrhosis happen ?

How much  alcohol continuation in my condition can make liver cirrhosis happen ?

Alcohol: Difficult to answer, not knowing how much/how long, & what your liver function tests showed. ...Read more

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How many years of drinking alcohol does it typically take before cirrhosis occurs. ?

How many years of drinking alcohol does it typically take before cirrhosis
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Variable: It depends on the amount of alcohol intake, other disorders, e,g. hepatitis C or chronic hepatitis B, iron deposition, nutritional status of the person and genetic susceptibility. Alcohol is a poison and it never did anybody any good. So rather than trying to titerate you intake, abstain entirely. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more