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Doctor insights on: Final Stages Of Liver Cirrhosis

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Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Is liver cancer the final stage of life?

Not necessarily: Liver cancer is a pretty bad diagnosis, depends whether it is primary or metastatic. There is treatment though including transplant if you are young and in good shape, and there are many other novel treatments as well. You need close follow up with your doctors at this point and to evaluate all the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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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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Help please! is advanced stage cirrhosis and end stage cirrhosis the same thing?

Help please! is advanced stage cirrhosis and end stage cirrhosis the same thing?

Maybe: Ask your doctors what stage of cirrhosis is present if each one provided one of the terms (stages 1 - 4). End-stage typically means the liver is no longer compensating even with various medical interventions and prognosis is therefore worsening. Advanced stage might mean stage 3 (or even stage 2). In practice most physicians just use a prognostic score to monitor severity (meld score). ...Read more

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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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What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

What are signs of final stages of liver cancer?

Liver failure: Advanced liver cancer can lead to Jaundice(yellowness of eyes), weight loss, poor appetite and ascites. Rising bilirubin leads to liver failure, mental confusion and ultimately coma. Serious Infections can ensue as a terminal event. ...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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How serious is stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?

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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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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What happens during stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver?

Need more info: Stage 3 = bridging fibrosis (scarring of the liver) which is the stage before cirrhosis = stage 4, so stage 3 is not cirrhosis, however you could have had complications like fluid build up (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), vomiting blood (esophageal varices) that might make your "stage 3" an underestimate (meaning you might be close to stage 4). Discuss with your liver doctor! ...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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Liver ultrasound revealed 'mildly coarse liver in a subtle finding' - end stage cirrhosis?

Liver ultrasound revealed 'mildly coarse liver in a subtle finding' - end stage cirrhosis?

No: End stage cirrhosis would not be a subtle finding. This could represent many conditions, including early cirrhosis, however. Follow up with your doctor is essential. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Liver biopsy = hepatic parenchyma showing moderate to severe chronic hepatitis w/bridging fibrosis &focal changes of early micronodular cirrhosis. Grade 3-4 stage 3-4. Can thyroid cause this? Or what?

Liver biopsy = hepatic parenchyma showing moderate to severe chronic hepatitis w/bridging fibrosis &focal changes of early micronodular cirrhosis. Grade 3-4 stage 3-4. Can thyroid cause this? Or what?

No: thyroid problems do not cause cirrhosis. you may have an autoimmune hepatitis leading to cirrhosis, which could be associated with thyroid disease. There are many causes of cirrhosis, ask your doctor to test you, as most can be checked with a blood test. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss(which is common in patients with cirrhosis(GI blood loss due to varices). Poor blood formation is also common(Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams. There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried(the medicine is called Nexavar(Sorafenib) ...Read more

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Was is the life expectancy of a Woman with NASH cirrhosis recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer exhibiting grade 3 hepatic encephalopathy.

Was is the life expectancy of a Woman with NASH cirrhosis recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer exhibiting grade 3 hepatic encephalopathy.

Poor prognosis: Regretfully, Stage 4 disease is associated with spread of the liver cancer to minimally nearby lymph nodes, and probably through into blood vessels. The treatment is typically chemotherapy, with/without embolization. The presence of an encephalopathic clinical picture also portends to a guarded at best prognosis. Please consult with a specialist care team to determine therapeutic options. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy for advanced cirrhosis of the liver be?

What would the life expectancy for advanced cirrhosis of the liver be?

It depends: There are a lot of factors involved. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed, your doctor may be able to give you an estimate, but it is only that and depends on how advanced, what treatments are possible and how the person's body responds to them. It can be upwards of a year in some cases (without transplant or other treatment), or so critical that it can be weeks to months. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Early signs of liver cancer?

Not many: Hepatocellular cancer usually arises in the setting of cirrhosis, so these folks are (hopefully) watched by their md, otherwise rarely symptomatic until late. Cancer of the bike ducts may cause jaundice early on, but not always before it is also quite advanced. Metastatic cancer in the liver is not typically symptomatic. Pain may indicate a tumor, but again not usually, and often late. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some information about end stage liver failure/end stage liver cirrhosis?

Can you tell me some information about end stage liver failure/end stage liver cirrhosis?

Can vary: Cirrhosis can lead to complications like fluid build up in your abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), varices that can bleed, and liver cancer (HCC) as well as easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice (elevated bilirubin) can occur. You need to be followed by a liver doctor who can manage and control the above signs/symptoms and discuss liver transplantation. ...Read more

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End stage liver disease, what is the prognosis?

End stage liver disease, what is the prognosis?

Not good.: When a liver with cirrhosis is having trouble doing it's job, it's called end-stage liver disease. This means that the liver is beginning to fail. Generally, patient in this setting will die or need transplant within a few years. Having cirrhosis, however, is not the same as end stage liver disease. Only when the liver starts to fail do we call it end stage. ...Read more

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What are the signs of end stage cirrhosis?

What are the signs of end stage cirrhosis?

Variable: Gi bleeding, abdominal swelling, edema, encephalopathy, wasting etc. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more