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Doctor insights on: Cirrhosis Of The Liver Complications

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Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

Is cirrhosis of the liver cancer?

No, but raises risk: Cirrhosis describes the scarring that occurs when the liver has been damaged by hepatitis or alcohol use. Cirrhosis is not cancer, but it is a strong risk factor for the development of liver cancer. In fact, any person with cirrhosis should undergo regular screening to detect the development of cancer. Guidelines recommend a liver ultrasound every 6 months in patients with cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is shunted away from the liver. Patients then develop ascites (fluid build up in abdomen), enlarged spleen and low platelet count, encephalopathy (confusion), and varices (enlarged veins inside stomach and esophagus) which can lead to massive bleeding. ...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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Can hematochromatosis cause cirrohsis of the liver?

Can hematochromatosis cause cirrohsis of the liver?

Absolutely: Of all the diseases that will kill you if untreated, classic hemochromatosis (which claimed the life of my grandfather and uncle) is the easiest to manage effectively. Cirrhosis is only part of the trouble. If you've been diagnosed, run (don't walk) to get your phlebotomies -- you'll be delighted with how much better you feel. ...Read more

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Are liver failure and cirrhosis the same?

Liver insufficiency: Cirrhosis is a chronic condition & means that there is fibrosis constricting the arteries. Veins and billiary ducts of the liver causing dysfunction. Cirrhosis is the end of the spectrum of hepatitis b or c and alcoholism. Cirrhosis may degenerate in cancer of the liver too. Liver failure may be caused acutely by toxicity from drugs, medications, venoms, lack of circulation to the liver, injuries. ...Read more

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What is the process of dying of liver cirrhosis?

What is the process of dying of liver cirrhosis?

Unfortunately ...: This is a slow gradual process. The liver functions similar to a municipal waste water treatment plant. When it no longer works, toxins and waste products build up and poison the body from the inside. It is essential that you avoid putting anything unhealthy into your body and following all of your doctors' recommendations to keep flushing out unneeded fluids and chemicals from your body. ...Read more

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What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection. ...Read more

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Can liver transplant is possible in the fourth stage of liver cancer?

Can liver transplant is possible in the fourth stage of liver cancer?

May be: Depends on type of cancer, location, size and number of lesions. If stage 4 is from another site ( like colon cancer) then transplant is not an option. U need to discuss with ur oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the stages of cirrhosis of liver?

What are the stages of cirrhosis of liver?

Four stages: Initial firbosis cirrhosis final there is a good article at livestrong.Com/article/four-stages-liver-disease/. ...Read more

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Do all hepatitis b patients die of chirosis of the liver or cancer of the liver ?

Do all hepatitis b patients die of chirosis of the liver or cancer of the liver ?

No: Most people do not develop these complications. In fact, these complications are extremely rare in people who are adequately evaluated and treated at an early stage. We see cirrhosis and liver cancer in people who are usually unaware that have hepatitis b until it is advanced and causes symptoms. This can take decades to occur and may never occur in most people. ...Read more

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Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

See below: Scar tissue in the liver as a result of different kinds of injuries. The significance is related to the chronicity for the injury and especially whether the injury is ongoing. ...Read more

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What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, inherited diseases such as: cystic fibrosis glycogen storage diseases, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, and wilson's disease. ...Read more

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What is cirrhosis of the liver?

Scars in the liver: Chronic inflammation of liver cells can result in permanent scarring to develop in the liver. This is called cirrhosis. Common causes are excess alcohol intake, viral hepatitis infection, certain drugs and hereditary diseases. Blood tests to check liver function and ultrasound examination can help evaluate the overall health of the liver. ...Read more

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How serious is stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

Advanced: It means the liver is all scarred down. Stage 4 is the same as having cirrhosis. It is irreversible. If whatever is damaging the liver is not controlled, it can lead to liver failure. ...Read more

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Other than alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Other than alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Many other things: World-wide, hepatitis B is the most common cause, and in the US hepatitis C is now the most common. Primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson's disease and alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency are other causes of cirrhosis which are somewhat more rare, and in some cases, no cause can be found (cryptogenic cirrhosis). Many can be treated, and now some can be prevented with medication. ...Read more

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What causes cirrohsis of the liver?

What causes cirrohsis of the liver?

Causes of Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis means "fibrosis". The most common cause is due to excessive alcoholic beverages, other common causes are viruses like hepatitis b or hepatitis c, but some of them are idiopathic or criptogenic with no apparent cause. Many toxins are hepatotoxic. Many medications are hepatotoxic too. Cirrhosis is the end of the liver disease and it may cause liver cancer. ...Read more

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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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What are the chances of survival with cirrhosis of the liver and cellulitis?

What are the chances of survival with cirrhosis of the liver and cellulitis?

Many variables: Two variables include stage of cirrhosis as well as degree of cellulitis. Severe cellulitis w/sepsis in end stage liver disease is less likely to survive than mild cellulitis in earliest stage of cirrhosis. ...Read more