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What's the safest way to treat cirrhosis of the liver?

What's the safest way to treat cirrhosis of the liver?

No real treatment : mostly management of symptoms. sometimes things can regress with viral therapy or cessation of alcohol. antifibrotic treatments are in active research, as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

How does cirrhosis of the liver develop?

Many things: Cirrhosis is a scarring of liver tissue that results from chronic liver disease and leads to a decline in liver function. The most common causes of cirrhosis include chronic alcohol use, hepatitis b and c, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Autoimmune disorders, medications, metabolic disorders, and biliary disorders may also lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Are spider angiomas and early or late symptom of cirrhosis of the.Liver?

Are spider angiomas and early or late symptom of cirrhosis of the.Liver?

Late: The disease is progressed to the point that the body is seeking alternative blood flow pathways. Needs gi/hepatology care. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver that are terminal?

What are symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver that are terminal?

Cirrhosis signs: End stage cirrhosis usually presents with jaundice, ascites, varices, bleeding, or profound weakness. It can be managed with palliative care and/or hospice. ...Read more

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What are signs of each stage of cirrhosis of the liver?

What are signs of each stage of cirrhosis of the liver?

Four stages: Check out livestrong.Com/article/114296-four-stages-liver-disease that should explain it fairly well. ...Read more

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Does personalized medicine apply to diagnosis of typical conditions like cirrhosis of the liver? What tests are needed?

#1 is Blood test: I'm really not sure what is meant by "personalized medicine" (i guess i thought all medicine was personalized!) but the tests that are needed for possible cirrhosis are blood tests to check the function of the liver and typically a sonogram to see the size and texture. If indicated, a liver biopsy may even be required to confirm the diagnosis or determine the type of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose liver cirrhosis or liver cancer without a biopsy?

Is it possible to diagnose liver cirrhosis or liver cancer without a biopsy?

Yes and no: Cirrhosis is a histologic diagnosis but can made without a biopsy with almost certainty based on lab data, imaging studies and physical exam. Liver cancer (hcc) is also a histologic diagnosis, but in the setting of cirrhosis it can be made based on MRI or ct imaging criteria without a biopsy with >95% certainty. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person pass a liver function test and still have cirrhosis, a fatty liver or hepatitis?

Normal liver functio: All the three conditions can have fluctuating levels of ast and alt (liver functions).So it is possible to have normal lft's sometimes with cirrhosis , fatty liver and hepatitis b& c. ...Read more

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What are tests of cirrhosis of the liver?

What are tests of cirrhosis of the liver?

Biopsy: Blood tests and imaging studies can suggest a diagnosis of cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How many years would it take to get cirrhosis of the liver? Im not wanting to get cirrhosis im just wanting to know if it would take like 5 to 10 year

How many years would it take to get cirrhosis of the liver? Im not wanting to get cirrhosis im just wanting to know if it would take like 5 to 10 year

Depends: depends on the cause of cirrhosis, but often as long as 30-40 years. if there are multiple risk factors like viral hepatitis *and* alcohol *and* certain drugs - can be a lot less time. ...Read more

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What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. ...Read more

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What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

What's it mean to have cirrhosis of the liver?

Scarring of the live: Cirrhosis of the liver refers to scarring and distortion of the architecture of the liver cells. Cirrhosis is the end result of an insult to the liver by infections like viruses, or substance like toxins, chemicals, medicines, or in some cases the result of heredity or autoimmunity. Patients with cirrhosis may develop liver failure. ...Read more

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For centuries children and adults did ok treating cirrhosis of the liver with home remedies. Why can't i?

Really????: I'm not sure what you mean when you say they "did ok" but if that means a slow, painful death, then yes, they did "ok!" i'm not trying to be combative but things like milk thistle and homeopathy does not treat cirrhosis. On any level. In fact, we still cannot cure most cases of cirrhosis but we can manage it better than ever w/the right meds. Please, if you haven't yet, please see a real doctor! ...Read more

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Tell me about treatment for cirrhosis of the liver?

Tell me about treatment for cirrhosis of the liver?

Depends: Most cirrhosis in the world is caused by either hepatitis b or hepatitis c, and both of these viral diseases can be treated with antiviral agents. In addition, blockage of the main vein to the liver is serious, and can be treated with drugs and/or surgery. Other kinds of cirrhosis (primary biliary, autoimmune) can also be treated. In severe cases, liver transplant. Alcohol must be avoided always! ...Read more

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What are treatments for cirrhosis of the liver?

What are treatments for  cirrhosis of the liver?

Transplant : Only real treatment is transplantation. That being said things can be done and medications prescribed that help minimize or manage systemic effects. ...Read more

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I have fatty liver and at risk for cirrhosis.Is there a cure for both liver diseases?

I have fatty liver and at risk for cirrhosis.Is there a cure for both liver diseases?

Diet and exercise : A 35 year old woman may have fatty liver due to genetics or be at risk for it from obesity or diabetes. Not all Patients with fatty liver progress to cirrhosis. We worry about patients with fat AND inflammation (NASH). A biopsy is helpful to determine risk of progression. Diet, exercise, wt. loss are recommended. See a liver specialist as other conditions must be ruled out 1st. ...Read more

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How can a person have cirrhosis of the liver if he is not a drinker or drug user?

How can a person have cirrhosis of the liver if he is not a drinker or drug user?

Most aren't!: There are a number of causes of cirrhosis including: too much fat in the liver (a.K.A. Nash), viruses that were not necessarily contracted by using drugs (hepatitis b/c, others), metabolic diseases (hemochromatosis, wilson's disease, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, etc), autoimmune processes (autoimmune hepatitis, pbc, psc) and medications. ...Read more

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How will sleeping pills effect me with liver cirrhosis. I go for days sleeping to much, now i can't sleep at all, is it ok to take sleeping pill?

How will sleeping pills effect me with liver cirrhosis. I go for days sleeping to much, now i can't sleep at all, is it ok to take sleeping pill?

Depends on the pill: Your cirrhosis causes medications to be metabolized and processed through the liver much more slowly than normal, so a typical dose of a sleeping pill for an adult should be decreased. Talk to your doctor about the safest dose based on your liver function. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Hemming
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Cirrhosis (Liver) (Definition)

Scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the final phase of chronic liver disease. ...Read more