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Doctor insights on: Final Stages Of Liver Failure

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I was just recently told that my mother is in her final stages of liver failure. I'm trying to get a better understanding of what this exactly means.

I was just recently told that my mother is in her final stages of liver failure. I'm trying to get a better understanding of what this exactly means.

Serious: I am sorry to hear that. Depending on the reason of the liver failure some treatments are available. For advanced liver failure, where there is little or no liver function, liver transplantation is the option. The options that are available for your mother should be discussed with her physicians. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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 do I experience in the early stages of liver failure?

What do I experience in the early stages of liver failure?

It depends: Most people have no symptoms early in the setting of liver failure other than changes in the blood tests (low albumin, high inr). Fatigue is common. Patients can vomit blood from vessels in the esophagus. They may develop ascites (fluid in the abdomen). If you have liver failure, your doctor should be following your closely.L. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver failure?

Symptoms of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure is usually do to some inflammatory process damaging the liver. Jaundice, nausea, vomitting, itching, bruising and bleeding are associated woth liver failire. ...Read more

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What are liver failure signs ?

What are liver failure signs ?

Blood tests: You usually see signs of this in the blood tests first (low albumin, elevated INR). Patients can develop fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), muscle wasting (sarcopenia), swelling in the legs (edema), or GI bleeding (throwing up blood from dilated vessels in the esophagus). If you are at risk of liver failure, you should be followed closely by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you die from liver failure?

Can you die from liver failure?

Definitely: You need your liver to live. It's the master biochemist in the body; makes proteins, bile, clotting factors, detoxifies drugs, chemicals, poisons, etc. Death from liver failure usually is not pretty; can be associated with abdominal fluid collection (ascites), which can get infected, altered mental status (with or without coma), weight loss, bleeding from varicose veins of esophagus stomach, etc. ...Read more

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What are some signs of liver failure?

What are some signs of liver failure?

Many: Confusion, skin color and the eyes turn yellow, there is a change to very dark urine(coca cola color) then belly might enlarge with fluid, the legs can begin to swell. If any of these are suspected please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver failure?

What are the symptoms of liver failure?

Many: Progressive weakness, loss of weight, changing mental status, fluid retention in the belly and legs, yellow of the eyes, vomit of blood or in stool....Any or all of these can be present. ...Read more

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Does anyone know cause of liver failure?

Does anyone know cause of liver failure?

Man causes: From viral hepatitis with one or more of 8 or more viruses, alcohol, fatty liver disease, and others. The liver is one of the more resilient organs in our bodies, but it has its limits. ...Read more

Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Liver Failure (Definition)

Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) or chronically (slow onset). Any liver failure is characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow ...Read more