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What happens to the plasma membrane of the red blood cells of humans with liver disease to cause the formation of acanthocytes? Thank you.

Change in lipids

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The liver is responsible for general metabolism in the body, and the plasma membrane has a complex collection of lipids that are responsible for its "fluidity" and shape. It is believed that the apolipoproteins are abnormal in liver disease and cause fragility of the RBC membrane causing fragmentation and formation of acanthocytes. see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthocyte
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Are there differences between hepatitis c and liver disease?

No

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hepatitis c is a type of liver disease. The virus infects the cells of the liver and damage results. Other things can cause liver disease as well including other viruses (hepatitis B, A), alcohol, fat, drugs/medication, etc.
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What is the best diet for a patient with chronic liver disease?

Avoid toxic foods

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Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases.
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What is liver disease like?

Too broad

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That's too broad of a question. There are many types of liver disease that produce different signs and symptoms.
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What are the implications of liver disease for a person taking anticonvulsants?

Dosage adjusment

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Many, but not all, anticonvulsants - like other meds - are metabolized (broken down for elimination) by the liver. Some adjustment of dosage of the medication in the presence of liver disease may be necessary. For a few, avoidance of the medication is best. A neurologist should give the best advice.
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Is there any treatmemt for liver chirrosis aside from liver transplantation ?

Yes and no

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Cirrhosis means extensive (stage IV) scarring of the liver which is mostly irreversible. Long standing cirrhosis leads to portal hypertension which leads to complications such as ascites, varices & bleeding, big spleen & low platelets, etc. Treatments such as diuretics & shunts can help manage these symptoms & complications, but only liver transplantation can eliminate them for good.
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Hepatology liver disease?

Yes

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Yes, that's right.
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What are reasons for having a liver transplant?

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We only replace a liver when there isn't any choice. This happens because 1)there aren't enough healthy cells in the liver to continue sustaining life (tylenol overdose, poison mushroom, hepatitis C), 2)there is blockage of blood flow within the abdomen (cirrhosis) from alcohol, or hepatitis or backed up bile (biliary atresia, PBC), or (3) removal of a tumor requires removing the whole liver.
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Symptoms of liver disease in girls?

Same as in boys

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In ESLD (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more
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Is liver disease really serious?

Could be

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There are many varieties of "liver disease." Hepatitis C can cause eventual cirrhosis. Alcohol excess can cause cirrhosis. Some liver disease caused by Hepatitis A or B or from some medications can fully resolve with no further problems. Fatty liver damage can rarely progress to a serious problem. So it depends. Your doctor would know best what a person's future risks may be.
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