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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. Scott Keith
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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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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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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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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?

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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Symptoms of liver disease?

Symptoms of liver disease?

Multiple symptoms: Liver disease has a multitude of symptoms. In the early phases it can be nonspecific like tiredness, lack of appetite ; energy, distaste for cigarettes, yellowish discolouration of eyes ; urine. With increasing loss of liver function, 1) fluid retention (belly/ankle swelling, 2) mental changes(confusion), 3) bleeding from the mouth or rectum, on in the skin. Hope this helps. ...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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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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I have fatty infiltration of the liver substance the pancreas appers unremarkable and the liver gallb;adder and biliary appears normal.?

I have fatty infiltration of the liver substance the pancreas appers unremarkable and the liver gallb;adder and biliary appears normal.?

Many possible causes: "fatty liver" can be seen in many situations such as obesity, alcohol use, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, problems with high triglycerides. However, it can eventually lead to problem called nash and ultimately to cirrhosis of the liver if not treated. Treatment usually involves identifying the reason for the problem and treating accordingly. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Could you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?

Could you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?

Yes: Sometimes severe fatty liver can result in liver damage of nash (non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis) or nodular cirrhosis changes of the liver. ...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 and why is there an increase in urobilinogen levels in hepatocellular dysfunctions like alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and malignancy of liver?

Obstruction: When the liver is prevented from doing it's job due to disease it shows itself through elevation of certain chemicals in the blood because it is being blocked by physical disruption of the anatomy and bile goes into the blood causing yellowing of the skin ( jaundice). ...Read more

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Describe the features of biliary cirrhosis.?

Describe the features of biliary cirrhosis.?

Liver failure: There are many things that happen with cirrhosis, depending on how severe it is. These include confusion, bleeding from the GI tract, jaundice, fluid buildup in the belly, increased risk for liver cancer, and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (nash) or fatty liver?

What are the symptoms of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (nash) or fatty liver?

NASH symptoms: None. There are the same symptoms of liver failure such as jaundice, itching , fluid retention, confusion, bleeding. Fatigue. This disease is very silent, only gives symptoms as the liver progressively fails. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more