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Cirrhosis Of The Liver Last Stage Before Death
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
Why is it a liver cirrhosis patient find it hard to swallow foods leading to his death due to low blood pressure?
Last stages: At the end, the liver is unable to remove small molecules that cause the blood vessels to relax and not return blood to the heart. Appetite goes around this time. The pathology community is talking about dropping the word "cirrhosis" as it conveys a sense of hopelessness; in fact if the cause can be rx'd, it often at least partly reverses itself. If not, wishing a peaceful & dignified end. ...Read more
Liver Disease: I think you may be mixing up your words and diagnoses. The last stage of cirrhosis is death. That is why everything possible is done before one get's to this last stage. Now, what were you really asking? ...Read more
I have Cirrhosis of the liver and last night I went out. I don't drink but the bartender accidentally put in liquor. I didn't know. Am I okay scared?
One drink: Is unlikely to make your cirrhosis worse. Follow up with your doctor as you routinely do and let him know the mistake. All the best. ...Read more
I have pain like waves by my liver, i have a fatty liver, could it b that I might have cirrhosis Last yr mygallbladder removed but could it be a stone?
Bowel pain?: More likely stone than cirrhosis. Fatty liver should not progress to cirrhosis by age 24. Stones can recur without gallbladder. My suspicion is that this is your bowel trather than either of the above. Wonder if you really need lovastatin. Your risk of heart disease in the next 20 years must be very close to ZERO and the statin is too weak to be used if you have "serous" fatty liver. ...Read more
Is 14.6cm normal for liver? Last yr was 13cm. Why the diff? Is it worse than last yr? Slight generalized echogenicity of liver? Fatty liver? Cirrhosis?
My dad has been hospitalized with varices due to cirrhosis. His liver is partially dead liver. We don't know %age. What can we expect at this point?
May worsen: Varices can bleed and that is probably why he was hospitalized. Cirrhosis can result in mental confusion especially when protein intake exceeds what the liver can process. The cause of cirrhosis: alcohol, hepatitis, etc. Will impact on outcome. There are procedures like tips which can be performed to decrease variceal bleeding. Best to see gastroenterologist, GI surgeon for workup and advise. ...Read more
My bili has been elevated since last may ALT AST has been elevated since last June. Why would it be so long? Havefatty liver does this mean cirrhosis?
No: Fatty liver disease can lead to cirrhosis, but can be averted too. Depending on the extent of fatty deposits depends on liver function. The markers u are speaking of May be mildly elevated in u'r case, but I suggest seeing a Gastroenterologist as u may require tests to look at u'r common bile duct or pancreatic ducts. There are other blood tests to that may identify other conditions ...Read more
Cirrhosis for years and now the last biopsy Shows mild hepatic steatosis (no drink OH and I weight 130)so does this mean I have two liver diseases?
Steatosis: Not necessarily, means you have a fattty liver which can be seen in cirrhosis ...Read more
My mother just passed away peacefully last week due to liver cancer and cirrhosis. Do I have to do check up? She might have breast cancer too.
Check up: It never hurts, but it really depends on what caused her liver cancer and cirrhosis. If it was hepatitis C that is usually transmitted sexually or thru IV drug use. Alcoholism can cause cirrhosis as well. If she had breast cancer you might want to consider genetic testing for that BRCA test (breast cancer antigen), especially if other female family members have a history of it or ovarian cancer ...Read more
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
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
Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common causes. Others being biliary obstruction, primary biliary cirrhosis, schistosomiasis, hemochromatosis, Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency and wilson disease etc. ...Read more
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
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
Hepatitis, alcohol: Cirrhosis is mainly fibrosis formation on liver (scarring of the liver tissue). Multiple medical conditions can lead to cirrhosis, among the most common are viral hepatitis mainly the chronic type: hepatitis b and c, other common causes are alcohol abuse and less common: hereditary metabolic conditions like wilson disease (cooper deposits) and hemochromatosis iron deposits in liver ; medications. ...Read more
This depends: as Patients with compensated cirrhosis may have no symptoms. However, by the time symptoms develop they have what is called decompensated cirrhosis and can develop abdominal distention from development of abdominal ascites, lower extremity edema, yellowing of the yes, gastrointestinal bleeding from esophageal or gastric varices, confusion or coma, muscle mass loss, infections etc. ...Read more
Any chronic process: Anything which causes repeat episodes or continuous episodes of inflammation of the liver over long time periods can produce cirrhosis. This is scarring of the liver, isolating segments of liver cells from the circulation and impairing their function, to the extent that the liver can no longer perform its duties. This includes infections, metabolic disorders, autoimmune diseases, and so on. ...Read more
No "home remedies": There is no "home remedies" for liver cirrhosis besides controlling the underlying condition and signs/symptoms that caused the cirrhosis. I would see a liver specialist to help you determine what is the best course of action is since liver disease, especially cirrhosis can lead to many complications that can be managed with certain medications. ...Read more
Gentle cold tips.: Sore throat gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain Acetaminophen / nsaids rest! ...Read more
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
None known to me: Cirrhosis is considered irreversible in its advanced stages, but the exact point at which it becomes irreversible is unclear. Treatment objectives include slowing or reversing the progression of liver disease, preventing superimposed insults to the liver (alcohol cessation), preventing and treating any complications, and determining the appropriateness and best timing for liver transplantation. ...Read more