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Doctor insights on: Damaged Liver Cells

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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Could embryonic stem cells repair brain damages?

Could embryonic stem cells repair brain damages?

No one knows: Lots of research going into this but no one knows yet. ...Read more

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Can recover liver damaged by alcohol?

Depends, often yes: Alcohol harms the liver in stages, and until the very end stages (cirrhosis = scarring), the damage is reversible if one stops drinking. First is alcoholic hepatitis, which can show just on lab tests, or can cause right upper abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, bloating, jaundice (yellow skin), bruising/bleeding, and hormone changes. Quitting drinking at any stage will improve health & decrease risks. ...Read more

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Why can't the liver be restored from cirrhosis damage?

Why can't the liver be restored from cirrhosis damage?

Restructured: Once cirrhosis has taken place, the blood vessels in the liver are totally re-routed away from where they can best bring blood to the liver cells. There's also a barrier of scar blocking access of blood to most of the liver cells. Liver cells grow back faster than hair. Scar doesn't heal fully, either in the liver or on the scalp. ...Read more

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Can stem cells rebuild cartilege?

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Can stem cells rebuild cartilege?

Yes, but!: Many types of stem cells have been made to form cartilage (including stem cells from fat, marrow, amnion, blood). I have even personally done much research on this. However, the problem is that we have no good way of placing the cartilage back into the knee (or other joint) and keep it in place while the body heals. There are encouraging trials, but no definitive solutions yet. ...Read more

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Which blood tests can show liver damage?

Which blood tests can show liver damage?

A panel: Liver has a large number of functions, some tests show liver damage and others assess liver function: the short names of some of the tests are: alt, ast, ggt, alk phase, biirubin-direct and total, albumin, inr, Alpha feto protein. A panel of testing for hepatitis is also available. Additional tests are done depending on the results of the initial panel and suspected diagnosis. ...Read more

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How much damage can liver regenerate?

It's amazing: After a poisoning or acute hepatitis with 99% of the liver cells gone, they'll replace themselves in a few days. Ultramarathon runners routinely sustain extensive necrosis of liver cells and have them back in equally short order. However -- don't get smug; alcohol abuse and other unfortunate things can scar up the liver and this doesn't heal nearly so well. ...Read more

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Can stem cells be used to regrow brain tissue?

Can stem cells be used to regrow brain tissue?

Satem cells: Probably in the future, not a whole brain but neurons that can replaced damaged ones and cure some diseases or improve function of the body. ...Read more

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Does poppers damage brain cells?

Does poppers damage brain cells?

Not normally: But large doses of poppers (a variety of different kinds of nitrites) can cause a condition where blood oxygen levels are reduced called methemoglobinemia. If this happens, chronically low oxygen levels can cause problems. However, this usually only occurs in overdoses of poppers. However, they are not healthy, particularly when used for excessive and compulsive sex activity in men. ...Read more

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Could drinking kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Could drinking kill brain cells and cause brain damage?

Afffect nerve fibers: Most prominent changes associated with alcohol consumption involve myelinated massive bundles of nerve fibers that interconnect neurons in different regions of the brain. Loss of memory, slowed thinking, impaired problem solving and decision making are especially vulnerable to damage caused by alcohol consumption, because it disrupts white matter connections to the cerebral cortex and deep brain. ...Read more

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Liver biopsy: Section reveals liver parenchyma, shows 12 portal tracts. Scattered portal tracts areas are infiltrated by lymphocytic inflammatory?

Liver biopsy: Section reveals liver parenchyma, shows 12 portal tracts. Scattered portal tracts areas are infiltrated by lymphocytic inflammatory?

?what does Ur Doctor: The doctor who advised you to have a liver biopsy is expected to tell you about this report. What did he/she say about the lymphocytes in the portal tracts? To my mind, it implies some degree of hepatitis going on. But I do not have the results of your Liver function tests(LFT's). That would help us in the interpretation ...Read more

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Does liver damage and disease always involve high or abnormal liver enzymes?

Does liver damage and disease always involve high or abnormal liver enzymes?

No: You can have chronic hepatitis B or C with normal liver enzymes. You can also have other chronic liver conditions, such as cirrhosis of the liver, with normal liver enzymes. ...Read more

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How can the damaged rbcs reach liver for haemolysis?

How can the damaged rbcs reach liver for haemolysis?

No: Red cells are lysed in the vasculature (intravascular hemolysis, as in joggers, folks with old prosthetic heart valves, bad transfusion reactions, malaria) or the spleen / elsewhere (spherocytosis, others). The released hemoglobin becomes bilirubin at or near the site of hemolysis and is carried to the liver mostly on albumin. ...Read more

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Can liver repair, minor scarring caused by fatty liver?

Can liver repair, minor scarring caused by fatty liver?

Yes - minor scarring: The liver does have regenerative capacity in a healthy individual. Limiting calories under the supervision of a nutritionist may help to limit and reverse the damage caused by fatty liver which is commonly associated with being overweight. ...Read more

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What cause liver damage?

What cause liver damage?

Multiple causes: There are many causes of liver damage. Excess alcohol use is a major cause. Hepatitis and abnormal iron storage can also be the reason. Fat storage in the liver may be a problem if it becomes extensive. Autoimmune diseaes is also a possibility. If you have abnormal liver tests or suspect a problem, you should discuss the situation with your doctor now. ...Read more

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How can the liver regenerate?

How can the liver regenerate?

Nicely if you let it: The liver's ability to self-heal is amazing. If a person who's been poisoned and lost 99% of the liver cells can be brought through the acute episode, the liver cells will have replaced themselves and the organ returned to near-normal in a few weeks. Don't get over-confident -- if the architecture is damaged (cirrhosis), the regeneration is useless. ...Read more